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Cobb County to broadcast Independence Day parade

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Cobb County will broadcast their annual parade live on their government access channel TV23 on Thursday. 

The parade will began at 10:30 a.m. and run through downtown Marietta. Residents will be able to watch the parade online, as well as on the govt. access channel. 

The parade will be replayed at 7 p.m. on Thursday. All govt. offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4 to commemorate the Independence Day holiday -- the offices will reopen on Friday. 

2 injured in garbage truck explosion ID'd

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Two people were injured after a garbage truck explosion in Marietta Friday morning.

Later Friday afternoon, Officer David Baldwin of the Marietta Police Department released the names of the two men injured, and how they were hurt. 

He said William Smith suffered severe eye injuries to both eyes. He was taken to be treated at Kennestone Hospital, but Baldwin said his condition was not clear.

Marvin Markham took cuts to his face. He was treated and released on the scene. 

The explosion happened just before 8 a.m. on Brentwood Drive. 

According to dispatchers, the explosion was apparently caused by discarded oxygen tanks.

Cobb County woman found safe and sound

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Cobb County Police have cancelled a Mattie's Call for a 71-year-old Marietta woman.

Rosa Balsinde was located safe and sound Friday afternoon.

At the time she went missing, she was last seen at around 9:30 p.m. Thursday at her home on Bellemeade Drive.

Cobb County Police spokesman Michael Bowman said Balsinde's mental state has started to slip, but she has not been diagnosed with any medical condition such as dementia.

The Cobb County Police Department thanks the public for their help in finding Ms. Balsinde.

Unemployment jumps to 8.2 percent

Unemployment jumps to 8.2 percent

ATLANTA -- Despite job growth throughout the region, metro Atlanta's unemployment rate jumped to 8.2 percent in May.

That's considerably higher than April's unemployment rate of 7.6 percent.

In Cobb County, the unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in May.

The Georgia Department of Labor said the rate increase was due to seasonal layoffs and more job seekers trying to enter the workforce.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate at 6.2 percent. The highest, at 11.5 percent, was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

UGA signee Kendell Williams named Gatorade National Athlete of the Year

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia track and field signee and Kell High School graduate Kendell Williams has been named the 2012-13 Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

Williams, a native of Marietta, Ga., is coming off a performance last week where she scored 5,481 points to win the heptathlon at the USA Junior Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. This assured Williams a spot on Team USA for the Pan Am Junior Athletic Championships in Medellin, Columbia, on August 23-25.

Williams is the younger sister of current Georgia team member Devon Williams. The older of the siblings recently finished second in the decathlon at the USA Junior Championships and will be joining his sister in Pan Am Championships.

Woman arrested after carjacking man with her 2 children

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A 27-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday evening after she carjacked a man with two 2-year-old children in Cobb County. 

Nicole Evans was arrested in Temple after a police chase on Interstate 20 that ended when she collided with a Bremen Police car.

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According to Marietta Police, Evans attempted to steal a cab from a Cobb County Transit station on South Marietta Parkway before she walked across the street and stole a pickup truck from a man at a nearby gas station. 

When the owner of the pickup truck noticed the woman getting in the truck, he tried to stop her and was dragged a short distance before he let go. He was treated for minor injuries.

Sex offender arrested for child molestation at Six Flags

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- In a previous story, we stated that Kenyon Tull was arrested at White Water for the molestation of two teens -- that reporting was incorrect. In fact, the molestation took place at the Six Flags amusement park in Austell, Ga. 

Authorities arrested a convicted rapist and sex offender and charged him with the alleged molestation of two teens at the Cobb County amusement park on Sunday. 

The suspect, 34-year-old Kenyon Tull was arrested at the Six Flags amusement park after two teenage victims reported that they had been molested to their parents. 

Tull was charged with two counts of child molestation for the incident at Six Flags and taken into custody at the park. According to East Point Police, Tull was previously convicted of statutory rape and has been a registered sex offender since 2007. 

Tull is currently being held at the Cobb County Jail. His bond has been set at $75,000.