Category Archives: Cobb

Loudermilk Bill to Preserve History at Kennesaw Mountain

Rep. Barry Loudermilk’s (R-GA) bill to add historically significant property to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park passed the House of Representatives today. Rep. Loudermilk delivered the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in favor of the bill:

“It is extremely important that we understand our history, otherwise we will be destined to repeat the mistakes of our past,” said Rep. Loudermilk. “Today, Congress took a significant step toward preserving two pieces of property at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park that are essential parts of our nation’s heritage and Civil War history. Sites such as these allow us to look back in time to get a glimpse of the events that shaped our nation.”

Background on H.R. 3371:

H.R. 3371, the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Boundary Adjustment Act of 2015, is an effort to authorize the park to acquire the Wallis House and Harriston Hill from Cobb County by donation. Located near the intersection of Burnt Hickory Road and Ernest Barrett Parkway in Marietta, Georgia, these sites are critical to understanding the events that took place in the Civil War during Union General William Sherman’s campaign to take Atlanta in 1864.

The bill has also been introduced by U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA), and is co-sponsored by four other Georgia members of the House of Representatives.

To read a full transcript of Rep. Loudermilk’s floor speech, click here.


MARIETTA, GA– Georgia Games is hosting their 2014 Youth Swimming Championships Saturday, June 21 at the Cobb County Central Aquatic Center.  Warm ups will begin at 2:00 p.m. and the meet will start at 2:30 p.m.  This event is open to all youth recreational swimmers.

This is a professionally operated event that will be following G.R.P.A. rules, eligibility and modifications where needed.

Swimmers can register individually or as a team, online at, through the mail or via Hytek.  This event is expecting around 300 swimmers who will be traveling from both North and South Georgia.

There will be a cash prize for the top 3 coaches with the most participating swimmers!

The top 3 swimmers from each division will earn the right to represent Georgia in the 2015 National State Games of America, an Olympic-Style festival featuring competition between State Games medal winners (gold, silver and bronze) from across the nation in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Swimmers who place from 4-8 will receive ribbons.

For more information contact Rachael Gibson at (678) 232-0604 or

Melanie Lambert To Head The Chattahoochee Tech Foundation

(Marietta, Ga. )Chattahoochee Technical College officials recently announced Cartersville resident Melanie Lambert has been hired to head the college’s Chattahoochee Tech Foundation. Responsible for the administration of and operations of the foundation, Lambert will work to support the mission and vision of the college through scholarships, grants and financial support for programs. However, she said she believes that the role of the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation goes beyond that.

“I believe that the Foundation must serve as a champion for the College and work to educate the community about its mission and vision,” said Lambert. “I also firmly believe that the Foundation must serve as a connection between the students, faculty, and staff and the donors who provide the critical funding necessary to make the mission a reality. People give to people, and it is our job to connect both sides of the philanthropic relationship.”

Lambert holds a degree in communication from Reinhardt University where she began her career in the Development Office at Reinhardt University in 2007. Most recently she served as the Senior Associate Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations at Emory University.  Working in the university’s central stewardship office, her responsibilities included providing annual endowment fund reports to donors, developing comprehensive department and individual stewardship plans and ensuring that donated funds were being used appropriately.

The avid Atlanta Braves fan said she was interested in Chattahoochee Tech because, living in the area and having gone to college nearby; she knew that CTC has such a huge impact on the area it serves.

“I was interested in working to engage students who may not be aware of the amount of philanthropy that goes into their higher education experience here at CTC,” said Lambert.  “And I was fascinated by the relationship that CTC has with the businesses in the North Georgia area. When I learned that there would be a lot of room for me to be creative in how we went about raising funds for the college and how we engaged students, I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the growth of the Foundation.”

Lambert plans to start her role by working to educate students about development and the Foundation at all of the campuses and create a culture of philanthropy.

“When students find out that their scholarships are funds provided by people and businesses in our community, they want to show their gratitude,” she explained.  “I want the Foundation to provide them with every opportunity to connect with donors. This, in turn, creates engaged alumni who know the value and need for their own support in the future. I also plan to develop a strong stewardship plan which will create opportunities for the Foundation to show our appreciation for CTC donors. I also plan to increasingly engage businesses in our community that benefit from the skilled workforce that graduate or receive certifications from CTC every year. I’d like to partner with them to provide scholarships, additional needs for the classroom, and other needs.”

For more information on the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation, call 770-528-4522 or visit


About Chattahoochee Tech Foundation: In July 2009, Appalachian, Chattahoochee, and North Metro Technical Colleges merged operation to become the largest technical college in the state of Georgia serving more than 17,000 students over the past academic year across the six counties of Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Gilmer, Paulding and Pickens. As a result, the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation was created to bring the merged college Foundations together. The Chattahoochee Tech Foundation is a private, non-profit organization to advance the mission and vision of the Chattahoochee Technical College. For more information, visit

 About Chattahoochee Technical College: A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, Chattahoochee Technical College is the largest technical college in the state with more than 17,000 students enrolled in the past academic year. The college has eight campus locations serving Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Gilmer, Paulding, and Pickens counties providing a high quality, easily accessible college education at a fraction of the cost of other area colleges and universities. Chattahoochee Technical College awards more than 70 certificates, diplomas and associate degrees in 45 programs of study through traditional classroom courses as well as online training. The college also provides the community with other learning opportunities, including customized workforce training, adult literacy and continuing education programs.  For more information, visit