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Ga. House honors wounded veteran

Ga. House honors wounded veteran

ATLANTA -- The Georgia House of Representatives recently recognized a brave Cartersville man for his service to the country.

Staff Sergeant Phillips B. Casey and his family were invited to the House by State Representative Christian Coomer (R-Cartersville), who introduced House Resolution 8EX commending Casey for bravery and selfless service while serving as a member of the United States Army in Kandahar, Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.

"As an Air Force JAG with two brothers who are Army combat veterans and a dad who is a Marine, I understand the willingness to place service to others before your own self-interest. I also understand how important it is to honor the sacrifice of men and women who have left their lives or limbs on a field of battle," Rep. Coomer said. "In honoring Sgt.

Former Harrison Player Puts Pain Behind Him

Former Harrison Player Puts Pain Behind Him

ACWORTH, Ga. - The road from high school football in Cobb County to Presbyterian College in South Carolina was anything but smooth for Curry Glass.

The battle on the field against defensive linemen was the easy part for the offensive tackle.  The fight against scoliosis, a disease that produces an "s" curve in the spine was the hard part.  At one point, Glass had two metal rods about one and a half times as long as a number two pencil inserted in his back.

He then got to work with long time trainer and mentor Mike Klinefelter at The Speed School in Acworth trying to rebuild his core and get back to full strength.  He played with the rods in his back his junior year.

But after an infection developed, the rods had to be removed.  So he had to work his way back again.  Now, he's at Presbyterian after a successful senior season at Harrison.  Back to the "easy" part, back to dealing with defensive linemen instead of doctors.

Cobb crime, crash rundown

Cobb crime, crash rundown

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb police had their hands full investigating a fatality crash, robbery and unexplained death this weekend.

Around 3:30 p.m. on Friday, officers made an arrest in the Aug. 12 robbery of a Marietta Subway restaurant.

Norraze D. Hambrick, 20, was taken into custody without incident. Investigators said he pulled a knife on employees at the Subway on 1295 Powers Ferry Road and forced them to give him money from the register.

The Cobb County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call on Friday, saying that Hambrick was at the pool at the Signature Place apartments, not far from the Subway he reportedly robbed.

Cobb superintendent plans Wednesday school visits

Cobb superintendent plans Wednesday school visits

MARIETTA, Ga. -- If Cobb County's new Superintendent Michael Hinojosa wondered how school staffers might receive him, he got proof right away.

Students from  Harrison High School produced a welcoming video that involved a couple hundred staff members from all levels of the Cobb County School District.

The video also served as a way to introduce Dr. Michael Hinojosa to many Cobb residents.

Meet the author of 'My Friend Noah'

Meet the author of 'My Friend Noah'

ACWORTH, Ga. -- The author of a new children's book called "My Friend Noah" will be signing copies of her book in Acworth next weekend.

Barbara Tarnow lives in White, Ga. She will be at the Staples on Cobb Parkway from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 30.

"My Friend Noah" is about a boy named Zac who is startled by the actions of Noah, a kid in his first grade class. First Noah shakes his hand, then he gives Zac a big hug.

Zac soon learns that Noah talks funny too. That's when his teacher explains that Noah has Down syndrome.

"My Friend Noah" teaches children that people who talk and act a little differently can still be very good friends.

Tellus Museum reaches 500,000 visitors

Tellus Museum reaches 500,000 visitors

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Tellus Science Museum welcomed its 500,000th visitor Friday, less than three years after opening its doors.

The lucky guest was 11-year-old Danielle Ivanov, a Florida resident who was visiting the museum with her mother and grandparents.

"It was cool," she said. "I'm excited."

Gary Hankins, Danielle's grandfather, knew there was a chance they could be milestone visitors.

"On the way over, I was saying it could be us," he said.

MARIETTA: New Cobb superintendent weighs in on APS

MARIETTA: New Cobb superintendent weighs in on APS

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Dr. Michael Hinojosa, the new superintendent of the Cobb County School District, said other systems can learn from the Atlanta CRCT cheating scandal.


"Sometimes testing is overblown," Dr. Hinojosa said following his swearing-in ceremony Monday morning. "You need to make sure people are focused on the right thing. That's student learning, not some number."

Dr. Hinojosa did not address the scandal during his first official speech to school leaders and employees.

But he did tell school board members, "I promise you I will not let you down."

He took the job after serving as head of the Dallas Independent School District in Texas for six years.

11Alive's Jennifer Leslie asked Dr. Hinojosa about the APS cheating investigation right after his swearing-in ceremony.