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WellStar cuts 29 corporate jobs

WellStar cuts 29 corporate jobs

MARIETTA, Ga. -- WellStar Health System cut nearly 30 corporate jobs Wednesday.

The Marietta-based health system did not offer any reason for the cuts, but a spokesman for WellStar said 11 team member roles were eliminated.

Another 18 team members' positions were displaced, which means that the company will try to find another open position for them to fill.

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Fish killed after Marietta chemical plant fire


MARIETTA, GA – Despite huge plumes of smoke and flames that lit up the night sky over Marietta for several hours on May 23, environmental officials said the 12-hour fire at the AmRep chemical company did not put out any toxic fumes endangering nearly 58,000 nearby residents.

But there were some casualties.

The exact number isn't in yet, but many fish died along a 5-mile stretch of Sope Creek just south of the Industrial Park Drive location.

"All of our samples and monitoring we did did not detect any hazardous materials in the stream," Georgia Environmental Protection Division Emergency Response Manager J.R. Campbell told 11Alive on Monday.

3 teens shot, 1 fatally, at party in Marietta

3 teens shot, 1 fatally, at party in Marietta

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A 20-year-old man has been charged with felony murder for killing one person and injuring two more at a party in Marietta last week.

Blaylan Christopher Phillips is being held without bond in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

The shooting happened shortly after midnight Tuesday in Building 16 at Dwells @ 750 apartment complex on Franklin Road.

Marietta Police Officer David Baldwin said a group of uninvited guests, including Phillips, arrived at the party and started an argument, then opened fire. Three people -- all invited guests -- were struck.

One victim, 19-year-old Christopher Wilson of Marietta, died. The other two are being treated at WellStar Kennestone Hospital. They were identified as 19-year-old Chauncey Martin and 18-year-old Malik Phillips.

Georgia woman finds 15 four-leaf clovers


MARIETTA, Ga. -- "Everyone keeps telling me to buy a lottery ticket. I haven't yet, but I think I will," Julie Kimmerling told 11Alive's Julie Wolfe. She's still trying to decide what to do with her new found luck.

Kimmerling was walking her rescue dogs at Oregon Park in Cobb County over the Memorial Day holiday when she found a four-leaf clover. "I wasn't even really looking for it. I just looked down, and there it was," she said.

And then she found another, and another. She went back to her neighborhood park over the next few days with an eye out for more. She now holds 15 four-leaf clovers.

Marietta students tested for tuberculosis


MARIETTA, Ga. – Hundreds of students and staff were asked to return to Marietta High School to be tested for tuberculosis on Friday.

All of 2,200 students at Marietta High School received a letter last week letting them know a student had tested positive for TB.

District officials alerted everyone, but spent time determining the name of every person -- students, faculty and staff -- who had contact with that teen either in classes, extracurricular activities or anything else at the school.

"We combed through the rosters, the schedules and we identified 500 that needed to be tested as a requirement," said Marietta Schools spokesperson Sommer Delgado.

Those who were tested Friday will get their results on Monday. Anyone who didn't make it to be tested on Friday can also return on Monday for the test.

I-20 construction resumes this weekend

I-20 construction resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- The three Interstate 20 construction projects that have plagued drivers for several weekends will continue.

As long as the weather cooperates, crews will work on the following stretches of I-20 this weekend:

Atlanta
Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Windsor Street and Boulevard from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, and from 8 p.m. Saturday to 6 am. Sunday.

Douglas County
Two lanes in both directions will be closed between Bill Arp and Liberty roads from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

Newton County
Two eastbound left lanes will be closed between Almon and Alcovy roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has smaller projects scheduled in Cobb County:

I-285
Two northbound lanes will be intermittently closed at South Cobb Drive for overhead sign work; two lanes will always remain open.

Man sentenced to prison for punching cop

Man sentenced to prison for punching cop

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Marietta man will spend five years in prison after being convicted of punching a police officer.

Gary Dewayne Mullis, 65, was found guilty of one count of obstruction in the Oct. 1, 2012 incident.

The victim, Marietta Police Officer B. Vaughan, testified in court that he approached Mullis at the RaceTrac on South Marietta Parkway near Fairground Street after customers complained that Mullis was asking them for money.

Vaughan said he planned to simply speak to Mullis and possibly cite him for criminal trespass, but Mullis punched him in the face and pulled off his officer's radio and ammunition magazine.

"Cobb County is not going to tolerate your behavior," Cobb County Judge Marsha Lake told Mullis before sentencing him.

Mullis received the maximum sentence because he is a recidivist; prosecutors noted he has five prior felony convictions.