IMPORTANT DATES & ABSENTEE BALLOT INFORMATION ABOUT THE UPCOMING ELECTION IN NOVEMBER

Cobb County voters can now apply to vote absentee in the November 2021 election. Many had applied too early under new elections laws recently passed, and those applications were rejected, 

  • All precincts will have an education SPLOST question on the ballot.   
  • Precincts within incorporated cities will also have municipal offices on the ballot.
  • Voters must register to vote or update their address by Oct. 4 at MVP.sos.ga.gov.
  • Voters may submit an absentee ballot application only between Aug. 16 and Oct. 22.
  • Absentee ballots will be mailed to voters beginning Oct. 11.
  • Voted absentee ballots must be received by Cobb Elections staff before 7 pm on Nov. 2, 2021. 
    • Ballots can be returned by postal mail, or
    • hand-delivered to the ballot box inside the Cobb Elections office, or
    • hand-delivered to any early voting location during voting hours.
  • In a pilot program, Cobb Elections staff will also accept voted ballots at certain libraries starting on Oct. 25.  A schedule of dates, times, and locations will be published soon.
  • Early voting will begin on Oct. 12. A schedule of dates, times, and locations will be published no later than Sept. 27.

For questions and for more information, visit cobbcounty.org/electionsemail info@cobbelections.orgor call 770-528-2581.

2021 RIVERS ALIVE! RESULTS

Cobb & Douglas Public Health is hosting a diaper drive to benefit the Healthy Start program. Diapers can be dropped off from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the South Cobb Public Health Center. The address is 875 Riverside Parkway, Austell GA 30168. 

The Healthy Start program promotes positive birth outcomes in an effort to reduce low weight births and infant mortality. The program is in need of diapers to distribute to the families they are serving. If you have any questions please contact the program director Sara Harmelin at sara.harmelin@dph.ga.gov

DIAPER DRIVE TO ASSIST FAMILIES

Cobb & Douglas Public Health is hosting a diaper drive to benefit the Healthy Start program. Diapers can be dropped off from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the South Cobb Public Health Center. The address is 875 Riverside Parkway, Austell GA 30168. 

The Healthy Start program promotes positive birth outcomes in an effort to reduce low weight births and infant mortality. The program is in need of diapers to distribute to the families they are serving. If you have any questions please contact the program director Sara Harmelin at sara.harmelin@dph.ga.gov

SMYRNA OFFERS COVID VACCINATIONS TODAY CONTINUES EACH FRIDAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER

The City of Smyrna is offering Covid vaccinations today, August 27, for Ages 12 and up. The city is extending the free community vaccination effort through September to help slow the spike. Vaccinations are available each Friday during September at the Smyrna Community Center (200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. 

Offered at the Smyrna Community Center, Pfizer vaccine vaccinations are open for everyone ages 12 and up at the Smyrna Community Center each Friday afternoon, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. (200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna). No Appointment needed. Please bring ID. There is no cost. For ages 12 to 15, please bring a birth certificate or record of live birth (or passport).

According to information from the city, booster shots will be available in October for anyone who’s been vaccinated for 8 months.

Joseph Bennett Named Smyrna Policy Chief

The City of Smyrna has a new Police Chief. Joseph Bennett, who served as Deputy Chief under Lee, assumed the leadership role on the retirement of Chief David Lee. “I truly love this City and all who live, work, and play here. I take my position seriously and will do everything humanly possible to ensure the safety and security of those mentioned,” said Bennett.

Chief Bennett outlined his plans for serving in his new position. “Two of my first initiatives are to use education, technology, and human resources to lower the fatality rates on our local roadways. I also plan to work alongside our Fire Department to create a program that will provide tools and resources for our public safety professionals to increase their resiliency in an effort to help them live a healthier, more balanced lifestyle.”

Joseph Bennett grew up in the Smyrna area where he still resides with his wife Mary, his daughter Kaitlin, and son Joey. He is a graduate of Reinhardt College where he was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management and Leadership and graduated from Columbus State University with a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Administration. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Public Administration from Valdosta State University.

Deputy Chief Bennett is a graduate of the Mercer University Public Safety Leadership Institute, Class 50 of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College, the 248th Session of the FBI National Academy, and the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Chief Bennett began his tenure with the City of Smyrna Police Department in March of 1995. During his tenure, he has held assignments in various positions within the police department to include Uniform Patrol Division, Community Oriented Policing Unit, Street Crimes Unit, Assistant Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division, E-911 Director, and Commander of the Administrative Services Division. He served as a Marksman on the department’s SWAT Team for 10 years and was the Commander of the Team for three years.

Deputy Chief Bennett was named Optimist International Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 1997 and was a Cobb Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Recognition Awards Nominee in 2000 and 2015. He currently holds active memberships in the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, FBI National Academy Associates, and the Georgia 911 Directors Association. Chief Bennett holds Georgia POST certifications as an Intermediate and Advanced Peace Officer as well as Supervisory, Management, and Instructor Certificates. In his off time, he enjoys jogging, biking, and spending time with his family.