Smyrna, Powder Springs Mark Veterans Day

Smyrna will celebrate Veterans Day Nov. 11, in a ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial at 800 King Street.

Author Alvin Townley is the guest speaker. The event is free to the public.

Townley’s books including Defiant, Fly Navy, Spirit of Adventure and Legacy of Honor, have earned praise from The New York Times, Tom Wolfe, Michael Bloomberg, Robert Gates, Peyton Manning, and many others. He has appeared on CNN, NPR, FOX, USA Today and other local and national media outlets.

A graduate of Washington & Lee University, Townley has worked  in the U.S. Congress and as a global strategist for a top international consulting firm.  He currently serves as a leadership consultant and  director of corporate philanthropy and veterans programs at Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center.

Whitefield Academy Concert Band, Campbell Middle School Choir, and the Campbell High School JROTC will be part of the ceremony.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be inside the adjacent Smyrna Community Center.

Free event parking–street parking, City Hall and Community Center parking lots.

The Smyrna Veterans Day Ceremony is organized by the Smyrna Veterans Committee, the Veterans Memorial Association of Smyrna, American Legion Post 160 and the Smyrna Rotary Club.

Powder Springs
Powder Springs invites you to celebrate our veterans with a parade in Downtown Powder Springs on Saturday Nov. 12 beginning at 10 a.m. followed by a program in Town Square at noon.
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. There will be food vendors and entertainment, and a special presentation by American Legion Post 294.

From the November 2016 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Clint Terza Is New Principal At South Cobb

Clint Terza DSC_1032Clint Terza, a veteran Cobb administrator, has been named principal at South Cobb High School.

Terza comes to South Cobb from Smitha Middle School, where he spent five years. Previously, he spent seven years as principal at Austell intermediate school.

“Some of the students from Austell still remember me; but they are not knee high anymore, I’m looking up at them,” he said.

He began work as principal, June 1 and was able to meet every department before staff left for the summer.

“It is my goal to ensure all students graduate from South Cobb High School, and will possess all the necessary skills to either continue their education or two or four-year college, or to graduate with a career pathway, which will provide them with an opportunity to begin immediate employment with competitive salary,” he said.

Terza’s goal is to connect with the community and staff. “I get my direction and my drive from the staff.”

“They love the community and the family feel you get here on campus. The kids are super friendly.”

Fall enrollment is expected to be slightly more than 2,000 students.

South Cobb is one of several magnet schools in Cobb. The Academy of Research and Medical Sciences at South Cobb High School focuses on opportunities in research and medical sciences.

“We have some 150-200 students in the magnet program,” Terza said. “They are the cream of the crop.”

He said school staff is meeting with the school district on how to grow the program, up to 400-450 students. The school has put funds into medical equipment and built partnerships with local hospitals and universities, such as Morehouse and Mercer.

“It is important for parents to understand their students are going to get an excellent education here at South Cobb High School,” Terza said. “We are focused on student success, academically and socially. We have an actively involved staff and they love the kids.”

“At South Cobb High School we believe all students should be challenged daily with a rigorous curriculum so they are successful in the next phase of their lives,” Terza said.

He and his wife, Lauri, live in west Cobb and have three children.

Terza had praise for former South Cobb Principal Dr. Ashley Hosey who was transferred to Pitner Elementary. “Ashley had a lot of good things in place, we just have to fine tune them,” the new principal said.

From the August 2016 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Braves Mark Another Milestone

Top DSC_0903The Atlanta Braves marked another milestone in the building of the $672 million mixed-use SunTrust Park June 13 in a topping out ceremony for the steel structure.

Braves officials, county officials, press and other dignitaries marked the raising of the topmost steel beam of the project, including the placement of a ceremonial tree and American flag to mark the highest point of the completed frame. The ash tree was selected because its wood is used to make baseball bats.

Officials and construction workers were provided a chance to sign the 1,400-pound beam before its placement 155 feet above field level. The ballpark is scheduled to open in April 2017.

“It’s a major milestone,” said Braves Chairman Terry McGuirk. “The contractor is on time and on budget. Everything looks good. This project is a major tipping point in the community economically.”

Some 6,800 tons of structural steel have been used in the building of the ballfield with 140 ironworkers – both men and women – and “thousands of construction workers” on site installing 6,800 tons of steel framework. If laid end to end, that amount of steel would stretch 50 miles.

“This is a park, not a stadium, a place to relax and cheer,” said Jenner Wood, CEO of SunTrust Banks. “It is built only for baseball.”

Chairman Tim Lee noted that the project will bring in enough revenue for county schools over the next 10 years, approximately $120 million, to pay for 290 new teachers.

“We’ve known from the very beginning this was going to be a very aggressive schedule,” said Mike Plant, the Braves’ president of development.

From the July edition of The Bright Side, covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Austell and Powder Springs in Cobb County, GA.

Braves Announce New Tenants At The Battery

2016-05-18 Walburgers rendering AThe Atlanta Braves announced eight new restaurant, retail and entertainment concepts to the lineup at The Battery Atlanta.

The 80 acres, $1.2 billion investment is the largest geographic marketing effort in all of pro sports, Jeremy Strife, Vice President of Braves and General Manager of The Battery Atlanta told the Smyrna Business association recently.

Sun Trust Park will be a traditional ballpark with southern hospitality, designed to have a more intimate experience,” he said. A cantilevered design brings the 41,500 seats closer to the field.

“It’s almost eerie how close you are to the field,” Strife said. A canopy cover 60 percent of the seats.

The park is upgrading its 400 current premium seats to 4,000. “We will still maintain the community aspect of this sport with 15,000 seats under $20; and 10,000 under $10. The intimacy of the $10 and $20 tickets are being enhanced too, he said. The Chop House, at 10,000 square feet  will include a Plexiglas wall that allows patrons to stand on the same grade as outfielder.

At The Battery, all eight tenants are expected to be completed by opening day in April, 2017. The commitments are from:

  • Wahlburgers, a fast growing, chef-driven burger concept from the Wahlberg brothers of TV and movie fame;
  • Kings Bowl, an upscale, retro bowling and entertainment destination;
  • Live!, an iconic dining/entertainment destination developed by The Cordish Companies and designed by Jeffrey Beers International;
  • Goldbergs Bagel Company & Deli, an Atlanta favorite for bagels and sandwiches;
  • Mountain High Outfitters, an outdoor specialty store;
  • Sugarboo Designs, an artsy boutique with household items and gifts;
  • DressUp, a women’s fashion boutique; and
  • Harley-Davidson, with a retail-only store.

“This blend of retailers and restaurants will help us create the 24/7, 365 day a year environment we’re aiming for at The Battery Atlanta,” said Derek Schiller, Braves president, business.

“We’re very excited to have a bunch of firsts for this market, including Wahlburgers and Kings Bowl. Additionally, The Cordish Companies have been an industry leader in creating vibrant spaces that have set a new standard for entertainment in partnership with professional sports venues.”

Retail partner Fuqua Development Principal, Jeff Fuqua added, “The impressive list of businesses that we are announcing today clearly shows that The Battery Atlanta is already a magnet for top-notch local and national retailers, entertainment uses and restaurants. And there is more to come.  We expect to make great announcements soon as we work with the Braves to enrich the mix of businesses featured at The Battery Atlanta.”

Wahlburgers is the burger concept with its own reality series on A&E from celebrity brothers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg and their sibling chef Paul Wahlberg. The company is expanding quickly nationally and across the Southeast.

“We think The Battery Atlanta will be the absolute destination around the Atlanta area with the new park and all the other things they’ll have in that development which is so exciting to me,” said Mark Wahlberg, actor and partner in Wahlburgers. “For our family, it’s a great opportunity to be at The Battery Atlanta, so we’re thrilled.”

The Cordish Companies are developing a custom venue for the Braves. Cordish operates Live! venues at major ballparks across the country, including Xfinity Live! at the Philadelphia Flyers’ Philadelphia Stadium Complex and Ballpark Village with the St. Louis Cardinals. At The Battery Atlanta, Cordish will develop a two-level Sports & Social Club that will feature a 40-foot diagonal, high-definition LED screen as a back-drop for social games and activities throughout the venue that also will include PBR Bar & Grill (branded for Professional Bull Riders Association) and an acclaimed chef-driven concept to be announced at a later date.

“The Braves are one of the iconic brands in all of sports and The Battery Atlanta promises to be a premier mixed-use development,” said Reed S. Cordish, vice president of The Cordish Companies. “We are proud to partner with the Braves to bring our Live! concept, which will be a major entertainment draw for The Battery Atlanta and all of the region.”

The Battery Atlanta will have a vibrant food scene with the additional chef-driven restaurants announced last year, including Antico Pizza, CRÚ Food and Wine Bar, Tomahawk Taproom featuring Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, El Felix from Chef Ford Fry and a steak house concept by Chef Linton Hopkins. The Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre, a music venue, and the Omni Hotel, also will open at the Braves’ mixed-use development at SunTrust Park.

Visitors can get a sneak peek of the development adjacent to SunTrust Park by viewing a fly-through video of The Battery Atlanta at www.batteryatl.com. The virtual tour helps visitors map out their Battery Atlanta experience, from a stay at the Omni Hotel to a show at The Roxy Theatre, dinner at one of the chef-driven restaurants or views of the 550 residences.  In addition to restaurants and retail, The Battery Atlanta will be home to One Ballpark Center, Comcast’s regional office headquarters housing the cutting-edge Innovation Lab.

From the June 2016 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Concerts, Movies Set In Smyrna

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Movies By Moonlight presents “Star Wars The Force Awakens” on June 25 at Taylor-Brawner Park at dark.

Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.

Enjoy family-friendly movies–starting at dark–on the big screen and activities each time at Taylor-Brawner Park, 3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna. For additional information, call Parks & Recreation at 770-431-2842.

Upcoming movies include:

June 25 – “Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens”

July 30 – “Inside Out”

August 27 – “Grease”

Smyrna Summer Concert series presents The Retreat on June 11 at 7 p.m. on the Village Green.

This band has entertained audiences across the southeast with a unique, organic take on the hits of yesterday and today.

They take this same make-it-their-own approach to immediately familiar past and current hits. Whether it’s a DMB-style sax solo on “Some Nights,” a punk rock singalong of “Country Roads,” a raucous bluesy take on “How Sweet It Is,” a dancefloor-shaking rendition of “Get Lucky” or unexpectedly awesome mash-ups like “Don’t Stop Believing” and “With Or Without You” or “Wagon Wheel,” “Semi-Charmed Life” and “Cruise”… it all still sounds like The Retreat.

Free Concerts are offered at the Smyrna Fresh Market Concert Saturdays during the summer from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The concerts are sponsored by the Smyrna Arts and Cultural Council.

The Smyrna Fresh Market is hosted by Keep Smyrna Beautiful and is held in the King Street parking lot of the Smyrna First Baptist Church.
Concerts for 2016 are held every Saturday through Sept. 24. The concerts start at 9:30 a.m. (except at 8 am on June 11) and run until the end of the market at 12 noon.

Upcoming artists include:

  •  Lexi Street , Saturday, June 4. In the get down & deep south, just outside Atlanta is music that will make you want get up… to go get a drink so you can sit back down to relax with a bourbon in your hand. Street writes bitter sweet music about love, sex and just being human. Influenced by sounds of Lily Allen, Johnny Cash, Chris Isaak and the XX.
  • Aaron Childree; Saturday, June 11 8 a.m. (this concert only). Aaron Childree is a pop singer/songwriter and worship leader whose music combines a hopeful message with catchy melodies and poetic lyrics. His unique blend of music and activism has led him to partner with various non-profits to create an environment where the power of music can be used to affect positive change.
  • The LooSe ShoEs Band, Saturday, June 18. The LooSe ShoEs Band has been playing live Blues and Rock ‘n Roll together since 2001. Band members Ric and Pam Cushenan will perform as a duet for this concert. The LooSe ShoEs Band plays at clubs and nightclubs throughout the metro Atlanta area as well as across the state of Georgia.
  • Ballad Brian, Saturday, June 25. Brian is a folk singer/songwriter who believes that the messages of the Hippies written years ago are still valid and need to be built upon today. Brian is inspired by the legends: Woodie Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Paul Simon, and many more. Brian has performed at the Mableton Food Truck event as well as performed for many of the South Cobb Arts Alliance events at the Mable House.
  • Katie Martin, Saturday, July 2. Performing across the Southeast since 2006, Katie Martin blends blues, folk, and soul. Her agelessly soulful vocals soar effortlessly above a rich propulsion of acoustic blues guitar reminiscent of Muddy Waters combined with the beautiful folk guitar of James Taylor, all performed with the honest intensity of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

From the June 2016 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Smyrna Honors Fallen Heroes On Memorial Day

Microsoft Word - Memorial Day  2016 Flyer w Words 03-22-16Smyrna will salute America’s fallen on Memorial Day, May 30, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Smyrna Veterans Memorial.

Memorial Day is when we, the American people, gather to commemorate those who died in war, as opposed to Veterans Day, which commemorates all American veterans.

“We have an honor guard, 21-gun salute, flag ceremonies, beautiful music and great speakers; the raising of the US flag and the branch service flags,” said Linda Hedrick, of the Smyrna Veteran’s Committee, herself a veteran with five years of service under her belt. For those who have attended Smyrna’s ceremony in the past, there are plenty of reasons to come back.

“We hope to share with our community and our youth why we celebrate honor those who did what was of asked of them by served their country and gave their lives died in the defense of freedom. They are our true heroes,” she said.

“We love having kids at the program,” said Narayan Sengupta. “It’s important to get them interested in history, and to get a deeper awareness that there are all kinds of heroes all around them. Maybe after they come to our Memorial Day event, they’ll be more likely to ask their grandparents, parents and neighbors about their stories.”

All will appreciate the wonderful display of military equipment, trucks, jeeps, machineguns and more. There is great music, featuring the 116th Georgia Army National Guard Band. The Campbell High School JROTC and the 94th Air Lift Command USAF Honor Guard will be on hand.  Speakers are and the Gold Star Mothers add formality and beauty. Speakers include Major General Stayce Harris, Commander, 22nd Air Force, Air Reserve Command who commands 15,000 reservists and all the big USAF C-130s in our skies and as well as State Sen. Hunter Hill, who served in both Afghanistan and Iraq. This is not a festival to buy food and trinkets, but “a program to honor those who have died in our wars protecting our way of life,” said Hedrick.

“Memorial Day is one of the most important days of the year for Veterans,” said Smyrna’s Wade Lnenicka, who has been one of the event’s organizers since its earliest days. “It is a specific time devoted to honoring the memory of fallen comrades and the sacrifices they made. It helps families of the fallen to cope with their loss by knowing the loss of their family member is not forgotten and was not made in vain.

“When citizens attend a Memorial Day ceremony, they honor those who died to protect and also provide comfort to their family members.”

Sponsors include City of Smyrna, The American Legion, Veterans Memorial Association of Smyrna, Smyrna Veterans Committee, Cobb Gold Star Mothers and Smyrna Rotary Club.

The event will be Monday, May 30, at 9:30 a.m. at the Smyrna Veterans Memorial at 2800 King Street (by Smyrna City Hall and the Smyrna Library). The event and parking is both plentiful and are free. The rain location is the Smyrna Community Center.

Following the ceremony, there will be a Barbeque Cookout open to the public held at American Legion Post 160 at 160 Legion Drive starting immediately after the ceremony (from 11:30am – 3:00 pm). There will be pulled pork plates with two sides ($8), pulled pork sandwiches with chips ($7) to enjoy there, and Smoked Pork Butts to bring home. (Half butts are $20 and full butts are $40.) Please call the Legion to pre-order the pork butts at 770-436-2501. Volunteers are needed to cook, pull pork, and help serve.

From the May 2016 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Community Invited to Mableton Day

MD June B 2015 027The 11th Annual Mableton Day community celebration is set for May 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mable House Complex, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton.

It’s a time to bring the community together to have some fun, celebrate the end of the school year, and raise funds to help build or expand non-profit programs that enrich our South Cobb County community.

The day is packed with fun things to do for the whole family. The day begins with the Mableton 5K and Mableton Jr. Fun Run, and then continues with a Car Cruise-in, Entertainment, Arts and Crafts, vendor booths, food, Kids Corner and more. Come out and celebrate with us. Meet your neighbors. Learn more about your community.

The Mableton 5K has become a signature event for Mableton Day, with the race beginning and ending at the Mable House Complex, followed by the Mableton Jr. Fun Run for younger children, their parents, and adults who want to complete a one mile run or walk.

Run or walk the Mableton Day 5K at 8 a.m. and stick around for the full Mableton Day festivities, including Mableton Day Jr. Fun Run at 9 a.m. Register at Mabletonday.com.

Artists from the South Cobb Arts Alliance and other talented folks will be demonstrating their skills and talking with you during Mableton Day. You can watch a potter turn a lump of clay into a cup or bowl or see a beautiful watercolor emerge from the skilled strokes of a paint brush. Come visit the Mable House for tours of the historic home of the family that gave its name to our town.

Entertainment for Mableton Day is full of experienced professional, local and new entertainment, school performances, and special guests. The schedule includes a Salute to the Armed Forces, local awards, and ends with the Community Spirit Awards and Trophy ceremony. Past Mableton Day crowds have enjoyed live bands, cheerleaders, solo performances, Chinese dancers, cloggers, ballet, and melodies of jazz, contemporary, hip hop, country, blues and much more.

From the May 2016 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA. 

Russell Students Ready For Liftoff

STS-18 photo 4Twenty-two students and one teacher from Russell Elementary School in Smyrna are making the final preparations for their 18th simulated space mission on May 12 and 13. This unique, one-of-a-kind program was started by Chris Laster, a former USA Science Teacher of the Year, during the 1997-1998 school year.

Since September, selected 4th and 5th grade students have been studying to complete an eight month course of training which includes learning 160 acronyms and 100 abbreviations, designing and programing the mission payload, completing an EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity…a spacewalk), and planning for seven different abort scenarios. Four astronauts and the teacher in space, who will surpass over 200 hours in the simulator during this mission, enter the simulator Thursday morning and exit Friday afternoon.

Mission time is spent in the 164 square foot Intrepid Simulator. This is the roughly the same amount of space in the real Space Shuttle’s crew compartment. While the astronauts are conducting experiments in space, the students who make up the Blue team and Red team man their very own Mission Control by tracking data, telemetry, and solving any problems that occur.

Two of the astronauts who are licensed ham radio operators will be monitoring frequency 28.340. On that frequency, they could potentially have contacts from all over the world if the conditions are good in the ionosphere.

All parts of the mission will be broadcast live on YouTube via the team’s YouTube channel. www.youtube.com/user/russellapaceteam

The on-site space shuttle, “The Intrepid,” is named after the USS Aircraft Carrier that is decommissioned and located in the port of New York.

The launch will occur on Thursday, May 12 at 10:30 a.m. and the landing will take place on Friday May 13 at 12:30 p.m.

From the May 2016 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival

Jonquil NovB2012 049The Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival is set for April 24 and 24 and will feature more than 175 Arts & Crafts booths, 15 food booths, an entertainment stage, and a variety of children’s activities. The Jonquils will be in bloom in the midst of spring time in Smyrna. Bring the family and shop, play, eat, drink and just have a great day together.
Artisans are from all over the southeast feature their own hand-made crafts, paintings, clothing, furniture, jewelry and much more. The festival foods include: cotton candy, candy apples, corn dogs, hand-dipped ice cream, snow cones, polish sausage, chicken sandwiches, and BBQ. The huge interactive children’s area includes big and small inflatable activities, sand art, and more. So whether it’s your child or the child in you, there are plenty of food and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Peter Hart will be back this year, bringing his Atlanta Puppet Show to the Spring Jonquil Festival presented by Superior Plumbing. Hart’s festival puppet show has appeal to everyone in a family audience with unique marionettes and puppet characters that sing, dance, juggle, play fiddle, break apart and come back together, squirt water, and are even launched by catapult across the stage.

Also returning this year is the Robinson’s Racing Pigs and Paddling Porkers Show. You are sure to squeal with excitement as you cheer on the pigs racing for the grand prize of an Oreo! You never know who might win, Brittany Spare Rib is always a favorite, but when it comes to the swimming swine, SPAMOO is the toughest one to beat.

New for 2016 is LEW-E’s Comedy Circus Show and Kachunga and the Alligator Show. LEW-E will entertain the whole family with his slapstick comedy bringing miles of smiles to this year’s festival goers. For the more adventurous patrons, there will be Kachunga! From deep in the swamps of Florida, Kachunga will wrestle with a nine foot, 300 pound alligator with his bare hands.

Kids and adults alike will be thrilled to hear Scott Thompson of Peachtree Station performing all the songs you know and love on the Veteran’s Memorial grand lawn adjacent to the Spring Jonquil Food Court. Bring a blanket, sing-a-long, and relax in a beautiful setting with the family.

The Smyrna Spring Jonquil Jog will kick the annual festival Saturday morning April 23 at 8 a.m., with the 5K Run/Walk.

The jog will be held at the City of Smyrna Municipal Building next to the Village Green (registration required call 770-319-5401 or on-line at www.smyrnacity.com).

The festival hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., on Saturday, April 23, and noon – 5 p.m., on Sunday, April 24. Admission is free.

The festival is a wonderful experience for the whole family. The Village Green is located just off I-75 to Exit 260 (Windy Hill Rd.) head west approximately 3 miles to Atlanta Rd., turn left onto Atlanta Rd. and the festival will be one mile on the right. For more information call Tod Miller or Bill Watson at 770-423-1330.

From the April 2016 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

First Pitch At SunTrust Park Is Just A Year Away

One year from now the Atlanta Braves will open their season at SunTrust Field, the new Cobb County home for the team for at least the next three decades.

Construction work at SunTrust Park is more than halfway complete. The scoreboard, seating and curtain walls are all nearly in place. Precast wall panels are now being put into place, brick work continues and glazing windows has begun.

More than $242 million worth of construction work has been completed and continues at a rate of $20 million per month.

There are some 860 workers on the ballpark site daily with another 125 working on the mixed use site. Of the $390 million of funds committed or contracted, more than half have gone to Cobb County companies.

County Manager David Hankerson reports that the contractor – American Builders – continues to recover lost time due to the weather early in the year by accelerating structural steel, masonry, and precast concrete installation. “It’s beginning to look like a ball park,” he said.

Sun Trust Park is the anchor of a massive entertainment and shopping area in the Cumberland CID area of Cobb County that will be opening next year. The ball park will flow directly into the surrounding development, creating a vibrant atmosphere with unique shops, restaurants, offices, residences and entertainment venues that are accessible 365 days a year.

The Atlanta Braves have also said the stadium will host a number of concerts starting in the summer of 2017, but wouldn’t announce any particular acts.

“The Braves project will change the future of Cobb County forever,” Commission Chair Tim Lee said. “Last year at this time, Sun Trust Field was a pile of dirt.”

By next year Cobb will be home to three professional sports franchises, The Braves; The Atlanta Blaze lacrosse, playing at Kennesaw State University; and Atlanta United Soccer with headquarters and training facilities on Franklin Road in Marietta.

The Braves opened their final season at Turner Field April 4 against the Nationals. The team’s final game at Turner Field – barring any postseason play – will be Sunday, Sept. 3, against the Tigers.