Monday, October 1, 2018
Michael Stone Online


Cobb SPLOST Approved by 79-Vote Margin (Patch)—In 2005, Cobb County’s 1 percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax passed with 114 votes out of some 40,000 cast. Tuesday’s unofficial results show it passing with an even smaller margin.

Commerce, Democracy Clash (Chattanooga Times Free Press)—Two integral parts of the United States, commerce and democracy, will meld into a hodgepodge of traffic today as shoppers and voters both hit the highways. Tennesseans are going to the polls for Election Day, while people from all over the country hunt for bargains at the World’s Longest Yard Sale along U.S. Highway 127.

Lambert Wins Mayor in East Ridge; Bethune, Sewell Go to Council (Chattanooga Times Free Press)—Fending off two former East Ridge mayors and a college student who vowed to bring a fresh approach to the city’s leadership, Brent Lambert’s title with the city will change from councilman to mayor on Dec. 18.

Marceaux Advises Not to ‘Buy Any Cheap Sausage’ (Chattanooga Times Free Press)—The first thing Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidate Basil Marceaux discussed on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” early Tuesday morning was how he injured his hand cooking sausages. Marceaux, 57, told host Jimmy Kimmel that the reason he was injured was because the sausage was “cheap.” “So don’t buy any cheap sausage,” Marceaux advised.

Post 3 Candidates Hope to Better Cobb Schools (Patch)—If there’s one thing the three Cobb Board of Education Post 3 candidates agree on, it’s that students should be at the forefront of any discussion pertaining to education in the county. The three candidates, all Democrats, explained before a crowd of at least 50 Wednesday why they deserve July 31 primary votes.

Powder Springs Candidates Tackle Questions on Education, Business (Patch)—There were also some tense moments at Thursday’s forum when mayoral candidate L. Rick Richardson was asked about the sale of police vehicles that led to his termination as police chief.

Powder Springs Councilman Seeking 4th Term (Patch)—Though he had been on a couple city committees prior to 1996, Tom Bevirt really began to take an interest in the workings of Powder Springs’ government that year.

Secretary of State: Ga. Progressing as Primary Battleground (Patch)—This is a unique presidential primary for the Peach State, Secretary of State Brian Kemp said Wednesday during a visit to Powder Springs. “We’re seeing something that hasn’t been the case in Georgia in as long as I can remember, and that’s that the candidates are actually coming and campaigning here and they’re going to try to make a play to win our state,” he said.

Vaughn Elected to 3rd Term as Powder Springs Mayor (Patch)—Pat Vaughn was reelected to her third four-year term as Powder Springs’ mayor on Tuesday, defeating former Police Chief L. Rick Richardson and Paul Moore. “I am thrilled that the voters have faith and confidence in me to serve a third term as mayor and to serve five terms altogether,” Vaughn, who was a councilwoman from 1996 until she began as mayor in 2004, told Patch by phone late Tuesday.