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Cobb County public pools to open this month

Cobb County public pools to open this month

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County's two outdoor public pools will open for the season this month.

One of the pools is celebrating a grand reopening. Sewell Pool and Splash Pad in East Cobb will host a community celebration this Friday, May 16. A ribbon cutting will take place at 3:30 p.m., while the pool will officially open at 4 p.m.

Sewell Pool and Splash Pad is located at 2085 Lower Roswell Road.

Cobb County's other outdoor pool, Powder Springs Pool, is located at 3899 Brownsville Road. It will open for the summer on Thursday, May 22. Hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Learn more about Cobb County's public pools at cobbcountyga.gov.

Smoking ban eyed for Smyrna parks

Smoking ban eyed for Smyrna parks

SMYRNA, Ga. -- Smyrna officials are considering a ban on smoking at the city's parks.

A draft ordinance to ban smoking was presented Monday at a city council work session. A Smyrna resident who became bothered by second-hand smoke in public parks requested the ban, according to a city official.

The proposal does not go as far as an ordinance brought up in Kennesaw last fall to ban smoking on all city property, as well as on street corners, and at bars, privately owned playgrounds, places of employment and other private places.

The Kennesaw proposal died after some residents complained that such a ban would represent government overreach.

Smyrna officials plan to gauge public input in the coming weeks before moving ahead on the ban.

Learn more about proposed battlefield park

Learn more about proposed battlefield park

MABLETON, Ga. -- The Mableton Improvement Coalition will hold a public meeting later this month to discuss plans for south Cobb's Chattahoochee River Line Battlefield.

Residents are invited to attend an information session on Monday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church.

View plans for the battlefield at mableton.org. Proposals include connecting the historic site to the Shoupade and River Line parks, and finding more land to acquire for the site.

Mt. Harmony Baptist Church is located at 561 Veterans Memorial Highway in Mableton.

Sweep the Hooch registration open

Sweep the Hooch registration open

ATLANTA -- This year's Sweep the Hooch event is expected to be the biggest one yet.

The annual Chattahoochee River clean-up to slated to attract nearly 600 volunteers at a number of locations along the water.

Last year, Sweep the Hooch participants gathered up nearly four tons of trash.

"This is the kind of hands-on work that Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and our partners do that reaffirms our commitment to keeping our river clean," Chattahoochee Riverkeeper executive director Sally Bethea said in a statement. "We'll have volunteers paddling the river, wading in the water and combing the shoreline for trash."

Clean-up locations along the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area run from Buford Dam to Paces Mill.

Sweep the Hooch will be Saturday, Apr. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To sign up as an individual or with a group, visit sweepthehooch.org.


Smyrna gears up for first Arbor Day celebration

Smyrna gears up for first Arbor Day celebration

SMYRNA, Ga. -- The city of Smyrna will host its first-ever Arbor Day Festival on Saturday, Feb. 16.

The fun will begin at 10 a.m. at the Smyrna Community Center. It is free, family-friendly and open to the public.

Several speakers are scheduled to take the stage, including Smyrna Urban Forester Joe Burgess at 10 a.m. and Georgia's "Johnny Appleseed" Tim Womick at 11 a.m.

Refreshments will be served at noon.

Anyone who plans to attend is asked to email their name, phone number and number of people attending to akirk@smyrnaga.gov.

The Smyrna Community Center is located at 200 Village Green Circle.

Eat at Chipotle, help Piedmont Park's Education Garden

Eat at Chipotle, help Piedmont Park's Education Garden

ATLANTA -- Eating at Chipotle Mexican Grill just got even better.

All Atlanta-area Chipotle locations will donate the day's proceeds to the Education Garden at Piedmont Park this Wednesday, Oct. 24.

The giveaway is part of the restaurant chain's recognition of Food Day, a nationwide movement that works to improve food policies.

Chipotle will give the Education Garden up to $10,000. More than 800 children visit the garden every year to learn about natural and organic gardening methods.

You can do your part to help the garden by eating at Chipotle on Wednesday. Visit chipotle.com to find your nearest location.

'Bring One for the Chipper' after Christmas

'Bring One for the Chipper' after Christmas

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- After taking the lights and ornaments off your Christmas tree, do some good for the environment and recycle it into mulch.

Georgia's Bring One for the Chipper program turns used Christmas trees into useful natural materials. Trees will be accepted at several locations throughout Cobb County from Dec. 26 to Jan. 7.

Locations include:

* Noonday Creek Park, 489 Hawkins Store Road

* Fullers Park, 3499 Robinson Road
* Harrison Park, 2650 Shallowford Road
* Sewell Park, 2085 Lower Roswell Road

Powder Springs
* Lost Mountain Park, 4845 Dallas Highway

For more information about Christmas tree recycling in Cobb, visit the Keep Cobb Beautiful website at cobbcounty.org/kcb.