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Trolley system proposed for Marietta

Trolley system proposed for Marietta

MARIETTA, GA (WXIA) – Another city in metro Atlanta is looking to bring a trolley system to its streets. Marietta's mayor is hoping to capitalize on the new Braves stadium, now under construction in Cobb County.

Mayor Steve Tumlin is proposing the new new trolley-on-wheels system, which will circle the downtown Marietta Square area, and eventually make its way to the new Braves stadium.

As the largest city in Cobb county, Tumlin says Marietta attracts visitors from all over, and a trolley system would be the best way for people to get around.

"We would promote that we are a town with interesting stops and arts and we have a trolley to get back and forth," Tumlin said.

Tumlin says he is hoping to reinvent the idea of trolleys for downtown Marietta. He says he came up with the idea after the announcement of the Braves move to Cobb County.

Suspects sought in Cobb County bank robbery

Suspects sought in Cobb County bank robbery

MARIETTA, Ga. (WXIA) – Authorities are searching for suspects involved in a bank robbery at a Cobb County bank on Friday.

According to Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce, the robbery occurred at the Wells Fargo Bank located at 2675 Windy Hill Road around 4 p.m.

Investigators said a white male entered the branch and handed a teller a note demanding money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled in what police said was an "older model" dark-colored four-door car -- possibly a Toyota.

The first national Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

COBB COUNTY, GA (WXIA) – Friday marked the first National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.


It's a day to show support for police officers, sheriff's deputies and other law enforcement professionals who serve and protect us all.

11Alive's Stacey Elgin was in Cobb County on Friday where an officer there went out of his way to help a father.

Weekend roadwork resumes on I-20, I-285

Weekend roadwork resumes on I-20, I-285

(WXIA) -- Weekends in metro Atlanta guarantee one thing: construction projects on highways and major roads.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be hard at work on several streets, mostly in Fulton County.

Drivers are asked to be courteous and cautious when traveling through impacted areas. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

* Two westbound lanes will be closed between McDaniel and Langhorn streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.
* One eastbound lane will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

* Two northbound lanes will be closed between I-85 and Washington Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Power restored at Cobb County schools

Power restored at Cobb County schools

MARIETTA, Ga -- Weather-related issues plagued three Cobb County Schools today who had to start the day without electricity.

"It was pitch black when we came in (school) and we had to go into the gym to wait until they got the electricity working, but it wouldn't work," said Gaven Allen, a first grader at Mountain View Elementary.

The district bused about 800 Mountain View Elementary students to Lassiter High School's Concert Hall.

A Georgia Power spokeman says a tree fell on power lines in the East Cobb community, stripping power to about 2600 customers, including the schools.

School officials gave parents the option of picking up kids and Heather Carman decided to get hers.

"They were worried about there was no food and no heat," said Carman, mother of a fourth grader and a first grader.

By the time the Mountain View buses arrived at Lassiter, the power returned to Mountain View.

150 Dobbins reserves deploy to Middle East

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Hundreds of airmen from Dobbins Air Reserve said goodbye to friends and family on Thursday.

Some 150 reserves from the 94th Airlift Wing will support operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. They're scheduled to return in mid-May.

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Former principal pleads guilty to child molestation

Former principal pleads guilty to child molestation

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The former principal of a Lutheran school in Cobb County pleaded guilty Monday to molesting three boys.

Jack Duane Hibbs, 58, entered his plea shortly before jury selection was scheduled to begin for his trial. He was convicted of four counts of aggravated child molestation, three counts of child molestation and one count of sexual exploitation of children. Two counts of enticing a child were dismissed.

Cobb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Poole sentenced Hibbs to life in prison. He must serve 30 years before becoming eligible for parole.

"The evil that has come through is just horrendous," Poole told Hibbs. "You hunted some of (the victims) down and robbed them of their innocence. You cannot be trusted. No one else needs to worry you're going to harm their children."