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What Joel Osteen told us during a recent interview

10:45 am Aug. 29, 2017

By Jennifer Brett and Shelia M. Poole

Megachurch leader and author Joel Osteen, currently trending on Twitter amid a social media firestorm over whether his enormous Houston church should be housing storm refugees, spoke to the Atlanta Journal Constitution in June, ahead of a planned appearance at SunTrust Park in Cobb County.

“My prayer, my encouragement, is let’s each be a peacemaker, “ Osteen told AJC reporter Shelia Poole at

James Brown’s granddaughter makes history

5:38 pm Aug. 18, 2017

Congrats to the Granddaughter of Soul.

Sydney Lumar, whose grandfather was the late, great James Brown, made history today, becoming the first person to graduate from The SAE School in Cobb County.

The private, year-round school opened in 2013. It was the right fit for Sydney after she struggled in public school in east Cobb County.

Although she was the only person turning a tassel, she wasn’t alone. The school’s sixth graders sang

Kenny Leon teams up with Kennesaw State University

11:58 am Aug. 10, 2017

Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon keeps a pretty packed schedule.

PAST COVERAGE: Behind the scene with Kenny Leon on the set of “Hairspray Live” 

The founder and artistic director of Atlanta’s True Colors Theatre Company, Leon directed a Broadway revival of “Fences” starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. (They reprised their roles for the film version, which Washington directed).

He directed the Atlanta-filmed modern remake of “Steel Magnolias” starring Queen Latifah,

Former Gov. Roy Barnes gets a surprise, then shares the perfect story

5:35 pm May. 8, 2017

Former Gov. Roy Barnes and his wife, Marie, attended Cobb Community Foundation’s Partners in Philanthropy Luncheon, held Monday in Marietta.

Mondays are busy for Barnes, who now runs a law firm right off the Marietta Square, but Marie was insistent that he attend. A wise man, he listens to his wife.

Toward the end of the program, after remarks from former Attorney Gen. Sam Olens, now president of Kennesaw State University, and grant

WATCH! 4 a.m. fireworks show caught on security camera in Marietta

9:13 am May. 5, 2017

I’ll be honest: Marietta loves blowing stuff up.

At Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park, historic interpreters reenact the Civil War from time to time with period dress, campfires and of course, cannons.

We celebrate the Fourth of July from about mid-June through .. I dunno, until it starts snowing. But someone took things a little too far this morning, setting off fireworks at 4 a.m. FOUR. AY. EMM.

A neighbor whose security camera caught the

Cobb students join Vice President Mike Pence at the National Day of Prayer

1:31 pm May. 4, 2017

Students from Mount Paran Christian School, a private school in Cobb County, joined Vice President Mike Pence for a moment of prayer during the official National Day of Prayer.

Pence posted these photos via his official, public Twitter account:

In an American tradition that stretches back to the 1950s, the first Thursday in May marks the annual National Day of Prayer.