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Electricity - it's one of the most important innovations in the history of humankind. It's hard to imagine life without electricity, and for good reason. Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by electricity in some form or fashion, from the way you wash your clothes to the effort you put in at work. From a residential standpoint, you need it to cook, clean, entertain, and live comfortably. For commercial purposes, electricity is used to power the computers needed to keep America moving. That's why, when the electricity in your home or at your job is compromised, life grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, electrical problems are inevitable in today's day and age. When the electricity in your home or commercial workspace fails, you need a quick, effective solution that will get your life back on track. And that, in a nutshell, is where L&M Electric, Inc. shines the brightest.

Our company was founded in 2009 by Roger Lee and John Mezzles. With a combined 46 years of electrical experience, the two entrepreneurs set out to create a company that offers quality workmanship and unparalleled service to all its builders and clients. Today, we are proud to have served South Carolina for nearly two decades as the premier electrician contractor in Marietta, GA. Our family-owned business specializes in both residential and commercial electrical work. Our highly-trained team has the experience and skills to handle any electrical issue, from minor panel breaker problems to large-scale industrial issues.

Despite winning numerous awards and recognitions in the Southeast, we don't let our accolades go to our head. Our team is committed to providing effective, personalized electrical work for every one of our customers. We take pride in our ability to offer peace of mind to our customers when they need it most, and that's exactly what we aim to provide to you too. We're talking one-on-one service provided by a friendly, professional electrician. There are no corners cut, no hidden fees, and no excuses - only the highest quality work from the finest electricians in Marietta.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in Marietta, GA? It boils down to three reasons:
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service

As guests in your home, you won't ever have to worry about a member of our team trying to sell you something you don't need. Our job is to serve your electrical needs. You expect the highest quality electrical work in South Carolina, and that's what we will provide.

Experienced, Affordable Electricians
Experienced, Affordable Electricians

You understand that the highest quality work requires fair compensation, but you're not made of money. Our commitment is to offer affordable electric work at a price you're satisfied paying.

Family Owned & Operated
Family Owned & Operated

We know that you are choosing L&M Electric for a reason. Unlike large corporations, we truly care about our customers. As a family business, serving you is personal for us. We stake our reputation on the quality of our work. As such, we are accountable and will always strive to deliver the service you have come to expect from our company.

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

At L&M Electric, we employ the brightest commercial and residential electricians in Marietta. Having electricians that specialize in both residential and commercial projects allow us to provide our customers with a wider range of services.

Our team fixes a broad range of electrical issues, but we have built our reputation on the following electric services:

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Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to deal with an electrical component breaking or failing at some point. When that happens, you need a partner who can troubleshoot the problem and correct the issue efficiently and effectively. A few common problems that we help solve for our customers include:

  • Ceiling Fan Repair
  • Light Fixture Repair
  • Light Switch & Outlet Repair
  • Electrical Safety Inspection
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Electrical Installations

Whether you have a new ceiling fan that needs to be installed or you have a new electrical outlet that you'd like added to your bedroom, L&M Electric is here to help. Our team installs quality solutions every day of the week - there's no electrical installation job your residential electrician in Marietta, GA, can't handle. Here is a glance at some of the installation projects that we complete for homeowners:

  • Smart Home Installation
  • Electric Car Charging Station Installation
  • Whole-Home Surge Protection Installation
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Renovations and Remodeling

If you're renovating or remodeling your home, you need a professional electrician on-hand to work to properly install your new electrical devices and systems. Our skilled electricians are happy to work with you or your remodeling consultant to install your lights and keep your home shining bright. Common renovation and remodeling jobs include:

  • Hot Tub Wiring
  • Kitchen Lighting Renovations
  • Finished Basement Electrical Wiring
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New Construction Electrical Projects

Many new construction homeowners stress about having their electrical system wired from scratch. For us, it's just another day on the job. If you're building your dream home, don't leave your electrical work to mediocre electricians. Trust L&M electric for reliable service and the highest quality electrical work in Marietta. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring
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Your Residential Electrician in Marietta, GA

When you own a home, there's something inherently fulfilling about taking care of your property and fixing issues that pop up over time. When it comes to electrical work, however, DIY projects can be dangerous. Electricity is an amazing innovation, but if you aren't fully trained and licensed to handle such work, it's best to leave it to the experts at L&M Electric. Your home's safety is essential for you and your family. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that your home's electrical system is operating correctly without any concerning problems.

With more than 60 years of combined experience as electricians, we are capable of troubleshooting and fixing a litany of electrical issues in your house. Keep reading to learn more about the most common electrical issues our customers report, along with some handy tips on how to remediate such problems.

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Panel Breaker is Tripped

If you don't have any power in your home, it might be time to check your electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breakers. If you spot a tripped breaker, try your best to switch it over to its original position. If you can't, remember that some breakers need to be flipped to the "off" position before turning it back on. If you don't have any luck, give our office a call. We'll send a trained residential electrician in Marietta to your home to fix the problem on-site.

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Overhead Fan Stops Working

If you have an overhead fan in your living room or bedroom, you know how quickly it can accumulate dust. Most homeowners clean up using a rod duster. However, sometimes homeowners accidentally hit the fan direction switch when doing so. But, instead of flipping it "on" or "off," they bump it into a limbo zone where neither direction is selected. When this happens, your overhead fan will not spin. If one of your fans stops working suddenly, this is one of the most common reasons why. If you're sure you didn't hit the fan direction switch, it could be an indication of a larger problem. In this case, call our office for a free phone consultation. We'll troubleshoot with you over the phone and if necessary, send out an electrician.

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Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your home was built in the last 35 years, chances are it has two 20-amp circuits running to your kitchen countertop outlets. Newer homes will have three circuits. If you're constantly tripping the breaker to your kitchen, it's most likely because you have too many electrical devices connected to the same circuit. To help alleviate this problem, place appliances like coffee makers and toasters on two different circuits. That way, they can share the load.

At the end of the day, your home is your place of solitude and relaxation. But, when you have electrical issues in your home, things can quickly go from peaceful to problematic. Whether you're renovating your home and need a new room wired for power or your panel breaker keeps giving your problems, L&M Electric is here to assist. If you have questions about an issue or need to schedule service, our team is ready to help answer your questions and coordinate the best time for a residential electrician to come to your home in Marietta.

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Tips to Save Money and Maintain Your Home's Electrical Systems

Unlike some of our competitors, who are reluctant to provide any information that might prevent them from making a buck, L&M Electric is all about empowering our customers. If we can offer sound advice that will educate our clients and help them save money, we have no problem doing so. That's why we have put together some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your home's most common electrical systems. Because, at the end of the day, a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your family's safety.

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Install Surge Protectors

Intense lighting storms can cause powerful surges of electricity that ruin your home's electrical appliances and amenities. Surge protectors installed at your electrical panel can help prevent these surges by grounding the electricity running through your home. They do so by directing it away from your electrical devices. This common solution is inexpensive, effective, and always a better choice than replacing expensive items like TVs and computers.

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Examine Your Breaker Panel

Breaker panels control the power to your home. When they go bad or are damaged, there's a good chance that you will lose power to most of the rooms in your house. Open your breaker panel and keep a sharp eye out for signs of corrosion and rust. Double-check that each breaker you see flips on and off properly. If you notice corrosion or if the breaker switches won't flip, it's time to get in touch with a residential electrician in Marietta, GA, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

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Test Your GFIs

GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters, are similar to surge protectors in that they prevent electrical damage from happening in your home. The primary job of a GFI is to prevent electrical shocks that happen during a ground fault. Because water is a conductor of electricity, GFIs should be installed anywhere that an outlet comes into contact with water. You should try to test your GFIs every month, if possible, to ensure that they are working correctly. When you look closely at your GFI, you will notice a "test" and a "reset" button. Hit the "test" button to trip the GFI outlet and then hit "reset" to restore power. If your outlet resets, your GFI is working as it should. If not, you need to replace your GFI outlet. Because electricity is involved, we recommend hiring a professional to install new GFIs in your home. That way, you know the job is done right.

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Replace Outdated Light Bulbs

The right light bulb can add the perfect amount of ambiance to your home. Eventually, however, even the best light bulbs will need replacing. While they don't need checking every month, it's a good idea to inspect all your bulbs at the beginning of the year. If any of your bulbs are dead, you should replace them. You should also consider replacing bulbs that are incandescent with LED lights. LED light bulbs may cost more upfront but use less electricity and are more efficient over the long run.

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Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

In terms of preventative maintenance, scheduling a safety inspection for your home's electrical systems should be a high priority. These inspections will shine a light on the electrical features in your home that need to be fixed. Most modern electrical fires are caused by short circuit arcs, defective insulation, or broken wiring. An inspection conducted by a qualified electrician will help determine what needs to be fixed so you and your family stay safe in your home. Your inspector should cover your whole home and will examine common features such as:

  • Breakers
  • Fans
  • Exposed Wiring
  • Electrical Panels
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets and More
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he electrical system in your home brings it to life from the lights and appliances we use every day to the entertainment we all love and enjoy. You want an electrician that makes you feel safe while delivering the quality services you're promised.

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Whether you need light switch services for your newly renovated home or need a generator installed at your commercial property, L&M Electric is here to serve you. Our team will get the job done right, so you can get back to loving your life in the Lowcountry.

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Glover Announces 2022 Volleyball Spring Signees

CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina volleyball head coach Karen Glover today announced the signing of three additional student-athletes, Lydia Clark, Aviah Miller, and Maygan Garcia Miller for the upcoming 2022 season. The trio joins WCU's early signees Janelle Blue (Clover, S.C. / Clover HS) and Ali Morris (Knoxville, Tenn. / Grace Christian Academy) as roster additions for next season."These young women are grea...

CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina volleyball head coach Karen Glover today announced the signing of three additional student-athletes, Lydia Clark, Aviah Miller, and Maygan Garcia Miller for the upcoming 2022 season. The trio joins WCU's early signees Janelle Blue (Clover, S.C. / Clover HS) and Ali Morris (Knoxville, Tenn. / Grace Christian Academy) as roster additions for next season.

"These young women are great additions to our already talented roster," said Glover. "I can't wait for preseason training with our entire 2022 team. They are a great group of student-athletes and an even better group of people. This team is going to be exciting to watch!"

Lydia Clark – Setter – Evans, Ga. (Greenbrier HS / Magnum Volleyball Club / Upward Stars) Clark is a setter from Evans, Ga. During her senior season at Greenbrier High School, she was a finalist for the volleyball player of the year honor at the Augusta (Ga.) Area High School Sports Awards presented by the Augusta Chronicle. Clark was also a first-team All-State and All-Region selection. She was a key part of a Greenbrier team that finished as the GHSA AAAAA state runner-up. As a junior, Clark earned a spot on the Augusta Chronicle honorable mention All-Area team. She concluded her career at Greenbrier as the school's all-time assists leader with 2,633. Clark played club volleyball for Magnum Volleyball Club and Upward Stars.

Aviah Miller – DS/OH – Marietta, Ga. (George Walton HS / A5 Volleyball Club) Miller is a defensive specialist and outside hitter from Marietta, Ga., and attended George Walton High School. During her senior season, Miller was named the Most Valuable Player of the Georgia High School 7A State Championship and earned All-State and All-Region honors. The 2021 Lady Raiders took first in the Nike Tournament of Champions. Miller was a member of three state championship teams in 2018, 2019, and 2021, and won regional titles each season from 2018-2021. Additionally, Miller won the 2017 AAU All-American National Championship playing for A5 Volleyball Club and head coach Scott Cioffari.

Maygan Garcia Miller – MB – Hendersonville, Tenn. (Pope John Paul II Prep School / Alliance Volleyball Club) Garcia Miller is a middle blocker from Hendersonville, Tenn., and attended Pope John Paul II Prep School. As a senior, she earned a spot on the DII-AA All-Region Team as well as a spot on the Main Street Preps All-Sumner County First Team. Additionally, Miller was named to the 2021 AVCA All-America Watch List. During her junior season, Miller was a second-team DII-AA All-Region honoree, DII-AA All-Tournament team, and Main Street Preps All-Sumner County Second Team selection. She played club volleyball for Alliance Volleyball Club and head coach Abbey West.

Western Carolina begins practice for the 2022 season in early August. WCU's 2022 volleyball schedule will be officially announced this summer ahead of the team reporting for fall camp.

Keep track of everything related to Catamount volleyball and WCU Athletics through its social media outlets on Facebook (fb.com/catamountsports), Instagram (@wcu_catamounts, @catamountvb), and Twitter (@catamounts, @catamountvb).

Marietta Man Charged In Large PPP Fraud Scheme: Report

?A Marietta man was arrested on federal bank fraud and money laundering charges after he got a fake $9.5 million PPP loan.MARIETTA, GA — A Marietta man was arrested on federal bank fraud and money laundering charges after he got a fake $9.5 million Paycheck Protection Program loan in the name of a fictitious company and then allegedly using the loan proceeds to upgrade his personal lifestyle.Carl Delano Torjagbo, known as Karl Lucius Delano, 42, of Marietta, was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda T. Walker, on...

?A Marietta man was arrested on federal bank fraud and money laundering charges after he got a fake $9.5 million PPP loan.

MARIETTA, GA — A Marietta man was arrested on federal bank fraud and money laundering charges after he got a fake $9.5 million Paycheck Protection Program loan in the name of a fictitious company and then allegedly using the loan proceeds to upgrade his personal lifestyle.

Carl Delano Torjagbo, known as Karl Lucius Delano, 42, of Marietta, was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda T. Walker, on federal charges of bank fraud and money laundering, and was remanded to custody. Torjagbo was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 10.

The PPP is a federal loan program intended to help small businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic by providing them with funds to cover certain payroll costs, including benefits, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.

"The FBI and our partners will not tolerate anyone who misdirects federal emergency assistance intended for business who actually need it to stay operational," said Keri Farley, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. "Torjagbo's fraud was particularly egregious, and we will make sure he is held accountable accordingly."

According to U.S. Attorney Buchanan, the charges, and other information presented in court: On February 16, 2021, Torjagbo signed a PPP loan application on behalf of Kremkov Industries LLC and submitted it to a bank, requesting a PPP loan for more than $9 million. To be eligible for a PPP loan, a business had to have been in operation on Feb. 15, 2020. Kremkov Industries was not eligible for a PPP loan because it was not in operation on Feb. 15, 2020. In fact, it was not even created until approximately ten months after that deadline had expired.

Torjagbo swore that the information he provided in the PPP loan application and in all supporting documents and forms was "true and accurate in all material respects." Torjagbo certified that Kremkov Industries was in operation on Feb. 15, 2020. Torjagbo stated that Kremkov Industries had 493 employees. Torjagbo also stated that Kremkov Industries had an average monthly payroll of more than $3.8 million. All of these statements were allegedly false.

In support of the PPP loan application, Torjagbo allegedly submitted fraudulent documents to the bank, including false tax returns (IRS Forms 940, 941, and 1040) and fake reports that listed the names and make-believe payroll information of the 493 people who purportedly worked for Kremkov Industries.

On March 29, 2021, as a result of Torjagbo's alleged false and fraudulent representations, the bank transferred more than $9.5 million in PPP loan proceeds to Torjagbo's custody and control. The PPP loan proceeds were initially deposited into a bank account titled in the name of Kremkov Industries. Immediately before that deposit, the balance in that account was only $105.

On the PPP loan application, Torjagbo certified that all loan proceeds would be used only for business-related purposes as specified in the loan application and consistent with the Paycheck Protection Program Rules. Torjagbo acknowledged that he could be prosecuted if the PPP loan proceeds were knowingly used for unauthorized purposes.

On April 8, 2021, Torjagbo caused $3 million of the PPP loan proceeds to be transferred by check from the bank to a different bank. On that check, Torjagbo wrote a note stating that it was for "payroll." But those funds were not used to pay "payroll." Instead, those funds were allegedly used to pay Torjagbo's personal debts and expenses, including the following:

The PPP is a federal loan program intended to help small businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic by providing them with funds to cover certain payroll costs, including benefits, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.

"This defendant allegedly stole millions of dollars in taxpayer money intended to help small businesses stay afloat during the pandemic," U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan said. "We will continue to investigate and charge anyone who fraudulently obtains these critical funds and uses them for their own personal gain."

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Candidate Profile: Makia Metzger For Cobb County Solicitor General

Makia Metzger is running for Cobb County Solicitor General.COBB COUNTY, GA — Three candidates are running for Cobb County Solicitor General in the May 24 General Primary Election.Patch asked candidates to answer questions about their campaigns and will be publishing candidate profiles as the primary draws near.Makia Metzger is running for Cobb County Solicitor General.NameMakia MetzgerCity or town of residencePowder SpringsOffice sought...

Makia Metzger is running for Cobb County Solicitor General.

COBB COUNTY, GA — Three candidates are running for Cobb County Solicitor General in the May 24 General Primary Election.

Patch asked candidates to answer questions about their campaigns and will be publishing candidate profiles as the primary draws near.

Makia Metzger is running for Cobb County Solicitor General.

Name

Makia Metzger

City or town of residence

Powder Springs

Office sought

Office of the Cobb County Solicitor General's Office

Party affiliation

Democrat

Education

Juris Doctor/Law Degree and Bachelor or Arts

Occupation

Attorney for 17 years and Prosecuting Attorney for 15 years

Family

Married to an educator, Britt, who is a Georgia native and we share two sons Will (15) and Eli (9).

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?

No I do not.

Age

47

Previous public office, appointive or elective

No I have never held public office.

Why are you seeking this office?

I am running for this office because I see a vital need for representation in Cobb County and a need for a seasoned alternative with 15 years of prosecutorial work experience and relevant lived experiences that mirror our diverse community. Having practiced in one of the most dynamic jurisdictions managing high caseloads in Fulton County, I have dealt with all types of situations and cases to include misdemeanors, felonies as well as juvenile cases. As a Black woman who pulled herself up through college while working, graduating summa cum laude, and then attending law school, I empathize with the difficulties and challenges many face as they traverse a society that demeans poverty, race, class and sexual orientation while also struggling within our own minority communities to be deemed relevant. Electing leaders who mirror Cobb County is an absolute necessity in creating healthy communities today.

Please complete this statement: The single most pressing issue facing my constituents is ___, and this is what I intend to do about it.

I am running for the Office of Cobb Solicitor General because I see a vital need for representation in Cobb County and a need for a seasoned alternative with 15 years of prosecutorial work experience and relevant lived experiences that mirror our diverse community. Having practiced in one of the most dynamic jurisdictions managing high caseloads in Fulton County, I have dealt with all types of situations and cases to include misdemeanors, felonies as well as juvenile cases. As a Black woman who pulled herself up through college while working, graduating summa cum laude, and then attending law school, I empathize with the difficulties and challenges many face as they traverse a society that demeans poverty, race, class and sexual orientation while also struggling within our own minority communities to be deemed relevant. Electing leaders who mirror Cobb County is an absolute necessity in creating healthy communities today.

What are the major differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?

I am not a part of, nor will I ever be a part of "Old Marietta," or the "good old boy" network that has been a stronghold in the Office of the Cobb Solicitor General for over 25 years. Both of my opponents have a decade or more of adhering to the old ways and mores. I am a representation of the new Cobb, bringing diversity and integrity through my public and private actions. I will be transparent to voters by providing data-driven analytics to assess programs, something the office has failed to do in the past, so that voters will have the ability to celebrate our communities successes and hold their elected official accountable.

If you are challenging an incumbent, in what way has the current officeholder failed the community?

Not applicable

What other issues do you intend to address during your campaign?

Criminal Justice Reform, evidence based prosecution, ongoing implicit bias training, diversity in hiring and promoting, community prosecution, expanding rehabilitation through pre-trial diversions (dealing with mental health, substance abuse and systemic factors) and reducing recidivism through community outreach, engagement and resources tailored for the communities we serve and working with our non-profit and legislative partners to expand expungement opportunities to re-integrate individuals back into communities as healthy citizens.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?

Working my way through college to obtain my Bachelor of Arts degree and helping my single mom raise my younger brother, who is now an engineer. Standing up for equal pay for prosecutors and helping create job classifications that led to raises for prosecutors to match other government attorneys 10 years ago. Mentoring legal interns and new attorneys as a senior attorney and trying cases without a second chair on numerous occasions while working huge caseloads similar to running a solo practice where I had to ensure all discovery was served in a timely fashion, manage paralegals and support staff to ensure professionalism and legal compliance with filing and serving subpoenas. Sitting and training with new attorneys in the Solicitor's Office as well as in the Juvenile Division as they tried cases for the first time and ensuring they followed rules of evidence and didn't commit errors that would lead to costly appeals. Within my first year of practice, I co-managed an office as a transactional attorney where we employed pre-closers, paralegals and closers and had to ensure we (the attorneys) could pay our overhead costs and make payroll every month.

What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?

The prosecutor is powerful, so you must always remember to dispense justice fairly with integrity and always do what is right even if it means you won't be liked by all. This is not a popularity contest.

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about yourself and your positions?

I will put people first over politics by ensuring that solutions are not a one size fit all and tailored for each individual case and person, and by creating transparency and access to information for the citizens of Cobb. Practical solutions mean efficient prosecution so that our victims can obtain the help and resources they need in a timely fashion, so that the accused can also get closure and meaningful rehabilitation as prolonged wait times are an injustice to our citizens of Cobb, prolonged sentences are an injustice to the citizens of Cobb as well as accountability courts that can't show their levels of success within our communities. I will prosecute cases efficiently, bringing much needed relief to our communities.

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Cobb Schools Dominated 6A Baseball Final Four Causing All Cobb Championship

Cobb Schools had a heavy presence in the semifinal round of the 6A state tournament, and will now have a Cobb championship.MARIETTA, GA — Just like last season, Cobb Schools enjoyed a heavy presence in the semifinal round of the 6A state tournament. And just like last year, it was the same three teams representing Cobb in the Final Four: Allatoona, Lassiter, and Pope. And an all-Cobb 6A Championship series is happening after Pope finished Buford ...

Cobb Schools had a heavy presence in the semifinal round of the 6A state tournament, and will now have a Cobb championship.

MARIETTA, GA — Just like last season, Cobb Schools enjoyed a heavy presence in the semifinal round of the 6A state tournament. And just like last year, it was the same three teams representing Cobb in the Final Four: Allatoona, Lassiter, and Pope. And an all-Cobb 6A Championship series is happening after Pope finished Buford in the semifinals.

"Once again, Cobb Schools is well represented in the GHSA Final Four, and I could not be prouder for the coaches, players, support staff, and communities they represent," said Don Baker, Cobb's Director of Athletics. "Baseball is a difficult game to play at a high level, and our programs have put in the work to get to this point."

A new variable in this year's Final Four is the absence of current champ Houston County, having been eliminated by Buford in the quarterfinals.

As the Region 6 champ, Pope hosted both their first and second-round series and traveled for their Elite 8 matchup with Region 3 champ Evans. The Greyhounds swept all three teams in two games, never needing the third game. They retired Dacula in the first round, Effingham County in the second round, and Evans in the third. They beat Buford in the Final Four.

Allatoona was the Region 6 runner-up and has enjoyed home-field advantage throughout the postseason. The Bucs eliminated Lanier in two games, South Effingham in three, and swept Alexander. The Buc offense has been effective, outscoring these three opponents by a combined score of 46-8. Allatoona beat Lassiter on Saturday in a Cobb vs. Cobb Final Four series.

Finishing third place in Region 6 hasn't slowed Lassiter's postseason momentum one bit. As last season's 6A runner-up, the Trojans were expected to make a deep run in the playoffs. They haven't made it easy on their fans, requiring the tie-breaker in every round thus far. The Trojans beat Winder-Barrow in the first round, Region 2 champ Richmond Hill in the second round, and Region 5 champ South Paulding in the Elite 8. Every series has been on the road for the Trojans, and Saturday's Final Four was no different as they make the cross-county trip west to Allatoona's Buccaneer Field.

"We have had a great year across all sports," Baker said, "and I look forward to seeing another one of our teams have a chance to bring a championship to Cobb County."

Hundreds gather for Georgia meeting of the Cherokee Nation

About 200 people gathered for the Georgia Cherokee Community Alliance’s at-large Meeting at Laurel Park in Marietta on Saturday.It was the first in-person meeting for the Cherokee Nation in Georgia since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Attendees got their Cherokee IDs, registered to vote in Cherokee Nation elections, met with the principal Chief and gathered in community with other Cherokee people from the region.“I think it’s a particularly Cherokee thing to want to be together with extended family.” said ...

About 200 people gathered for the Georgia Cherokee Community Alliance’s at-large Meeting at Laurel Park in Marietta on Saturday.

It was the first in-person meeting for the Cherokee Nation in Georgia since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Attendees got their Cherokee IDs, registered to vote in Cherokee Nation elections, met with the principal Chief and gathered in community with other Cherokee people from the region.

“I think it’s a particularly Cherokee thing to want to be together with extended family.” said principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. “So one of the things we worked on during COVID was how do we keep connected with people when we have to stay apart from each other?”

Hoskin attributes the large turnout to the increased outreach the Cherokee Nation developed during COVID-19. It launched the Gadugi (Cherokee meaning “working together”) Portal for centralized access to resources for all Cherokee people during COVID.

The Cherokee Nation also shared language and educational videos so people could connect with the culture from anywhere.

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Slide 1 of 7: Gene Perry of Cherokee Vote helps Christine Hartman Derr register to vote for the upcoming Cherokee elections. Derr and her family traveled from Tennessee to attend the event in Marietta, Ga on June 4, 2022. (Matthew Pearson/For WABE)

This was important for people like Christine Hartman Derr who drove with her family from Knoxville, Tennessee, to the event. She watched language videos with her two kids throughout the pandemic, and wants to ensure her kids know their stories and are proud of their heritage.

“Our ancestors worked so hard to keep our culture,” she said. “They walked so far for us.”

Derr goes to her kids’ school during Native American Heritage month to read Traci Sorell’s “We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga.” The book shows how people can express daily gratitude to unelanvhi, literally “the one who provides all.”

Cherokee stories are passed down through generations of oral history. Robert Lewis is an award-winning Cherokee storyteller at the meeting who brought members of the audience into his stories. He had them act parts of the stories explaining creation and family ties and say lines. The participation is part of what helps pass these stories along.

“Traditionally, you listened to your grandparents, aunts, uncles, and they would pass down cultural knowledge to you, like which plants to use for medicine, which plants for food,” he said. “These stories, some of them are thousands of years old. And they say you’re still here, just like we’re still here.”

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