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Cobb aquatic centers offer lifeguard training

Cobb aquatic centers offer lifeguard training

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County is offering discounted lifeguard training programs, just in time for summer.

The usual $200 price tag has been reduced to $100. A $65 fee is due at registration, while the additional $35 must be paid directly to the American Red Cross.

The course will train participants in how to be effective lifeguards. It includes two years' certification in lifeguarding, first aid, and CPR/AED.

Classes will be offered at each of Cobb County's four aquatic centers.

Central Aquatic Center (520 Fairground Street, Marietta)

Apr. 13 to May 1
Monday/Wednesday/Friday
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

May 4 to May 22
Monday/Wednesday/Friday
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Mountain View Aquatic Center (2650 Gordy Parkway, Marietta)

Apr. 13 to May 6
Monday/Wednesday
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

South Cobb Aquatic Center (875 6 Flags Drive, Austell)

Bridge to Braves stadium focus of Tuesday vote

Bridge to Braves stadium focus of Tuesday vote

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb officials are expected to vote Tuesday whether to begin negotiations with AECOM Technical Service to design a proposed bridge that would connect the new Atlanta Braves stadium with Cobb Galleria.

The county transportation department estimates the bridge's cost between $6 million to $9 million. It is still unclear how the project would be funded.

County Chairman Tim Lee hinted at a Monday town hall meeting that money to pay for the bridge could come from taxes. Some residents at the meeting questioned the need for the bridge and said they don't want taxes to pay for the project.

Lee declined to say at the meeting which bridge design he prefers.

At a town hall meeting in January, Lee said the bridge might be two levels, with one for pedestrians and one for a shuttle service. Lee has also said the bridge might only accommodate pedestrians.

Stadium work in high gear as court hears Cobb challenge

Stadium work in high gear as court hears Cobb challenge

ATLANTA-- By going full-tilt with their stadium construction project in Cobb County, the Atlanta Braves are taking a bit of a gamble. They're betting that the state Supreme Court will approve Cobb County's plan to issue taxpayer-backed bonds to to pay for nearly half the stadium costs-- despite a challenge from three Cobb County residents

"And the county has no business to engage in private commercial enterprise which is what SunTrust Park is," said Tucker Hobgood during oral arguments before the court Tuesday.

Like the Braves, the Atlanta Falcons are also gambling the Supreme Court will approve the government funding of a portion of their stadium. Construction of their new stadium project is also well underway. There are some key differences.

The Braves are expecting Cobb taxpayers to pay about 45 percent of the construction cost -- paid by bonds financed through the county treasury.

Ga. Supreme Court to hear Braves stadium case

Ga. Supreme Court to hear Braves stadium case

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia will hear an appeal Tuesday from three Cobb County residents who oppose funding plans for the new Braves stadium.

T. Tucker Hobgood, Richard Pellegrino and Larry Savage said the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority should have worked to get taxpayer approval before issuing up to $397 million in bonds to pay the public share of the stadium construction.

A Cobb County Superior Court judge validated the bonds after a July 2014 bench trial. Hobgood, Savage and Pellegrino then appealed to the state's high court.

New Braves stadium named SunTrust Park

New Braves stadium named SunTrust Park

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Atlanta Braves released the name of the team's new Cobb County stadium Tuesday morning.

The Braves partnered with Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks to create the name SunTrust Park. The name was announced during the official groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday.

SunTrust signed a 25-year agreement that will give it marquee signage, as well as additional signage and promotional opportunities at the 41,000-seat stadium.. Financial terms of the agreement were not made public.

SunTrust Chairman and CEO William H. Rogers Jr. announced the bank will mark the occasion with a $100,000 donation from the SunTrust Foundation to the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation, in honor of the legendary Braves player.

Heavy construction has begun to turn the plot of land into a stadium and entertainment development by April 2017.

Braves stadium operation to create 4,014 jobs

Braves stadium operation to create 4,014 jobs

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- An economic analysis performed by Atlanta-based Brailsford & Dunlavey says the Atlanta Braves' new Cobb County stadium operation will provide 4,014 new jobs, the Marietta Daily Journal reports.

The analysis also shows stadium employees will earn $60.8 million each year, with $15.1 million going to employees who live in Cobb, the paper says.

The stadium's operation is expected to generate $4 million in tax revenue for Cobb County each year.

Braves to break ground on new stadium Sept. 16

Braves to break ground on new stadium Sept. 16

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Atlanta Braves will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new stadium later this month.

The event will be Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m., and will usher in the project's construction phase. The new stadium is located at the intersection of Interstates 285 and 75 in Cobb County.

Organizers said the stadium will be built in time for Opening Day in 2017.

The Braves stadium will feature 41,500 seats, a three-deck design and an extensive canopy. It will also include a multi-use community featuring shops, restaurants and other year-round attractions.