February 2021 Issue
Drive-Through Vaccination Site is Open at Arbor Place Mall
The old Sears parking lot will soon be utilized as a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site, offering up to 800 shots per day.
You may have noticed the tents and orange traffic cones set up at the old Sears parking lot at Arbor Place Mall. The empty lot will host Cobb & Douglas Public Health’s (CDPH) newest mass vaccination site. There are also sites at Jim Miller Park in Marietta and at the Douglas County Health Department on Selman Drive.
Governor Brian Kemp mentioned in a recent news conference that although the vaccine is here in Georgia, there isn’t nearly enough to meet the demand. Georgia only receives 154,000 vaccines per week, but over 2 million Georgians are currently eligible to get it. Initially, the new Douglas County site was postponed from opening due to a lack of supply, but has announced that it can open now.
The CDPH hopes once the site is open, it will be open six days per week, and they will be able to administer at least 800 vaccines per day for those with an appointment. At this time, Georgia is only distributing vaccines to health care workers, nursing home residents and staff, citizens 65 and older and first responders.
The next phase will include people the state classifies as “essential workers,” including teachers. The CDPH Director, Dr. Janet Memark said, “We are hoping that the March and April doses will increase,” under the Biden Administration. Local officials are concerned that despite vaccination efforts, the variants of the virus are emerging in our area. Therefore, Dr. Memark cautions Douglas County residents to remain vigilant and continue practicing safety guidelines even after they have been vaccinated. “Please don’t give up now,” Memark said. “We can’t go back to the normal yet.”
Visit https://www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.com for more information about COVID-19, including tests and vaccinations.
Douglasville Native, Cameron Gill, Celebrates First Superbowl Win in his Rookie Year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Chapel Hill High School has another reason to be proud: One of their alumni is a Super Bowl winner! Cameron “Cam” Gill is a first-year player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Douglasville native never imagined that he’d have a chance to compete in Super Bowl LV his rookie season.
“This is something guys worked for their entire careers just to reach this accomplishment. So early in my career, I’m definitely blessed for sure,” Cam said during an interview.
The February 7th Superbowl was won 31-9 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, earning the Rookie linebacker his first Superbowl ring. There are football players who play for many years and never earn one, so this is an incredible accomplishment for the 23-year-old. Needless to say, his parents are very proud of him, and so is Douglas County. Congratulations, Cam! We look forward to seeing you play next year
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Murphy Law Firm got a touching response from our recent scholarship winner, Ameena Guiles, which says:
“Murphy Law Firm, I want to thank you for this scholarship. It means so much to my family and me. This really helps me as I embark on this new journey in my life, and I am so happy, excited, and thankful. I really appreciate you and I plan on paying it forward. When I graduate and begin living in my purpose, I will give back to this school and charitable organizations also. Again, I thank you and God bless you.”
– Ameena K. Guiles
Our law firm certainly appreciates such heartfelt expressions from our scholarship winners. We feel they truly deserve our support for their tireless efforts to get a higher education while continuing to care for the families and work full time.
You may have heard by now that the beloved local restaurant, Burke’s Grill, is under new ownership. Residents were very happy to find that they are able to still enjoy their favorite dishes.
The new owners, Stephen Segrest and his wife, Annemarie, are committed to keeping the legacy that Dwight and Peggy Burke have created and will continue to serve many of Dwight’s famous recipes.
Peggy and Dwight decided that it was time for retirement so they could spend more time with their kids and grandchildren. There is no doubt they will be dearly missed by all their neighbors and regular patrons. Peggy has asked the community to please continue to “show Stephan and Annemarie the same love and support they have received over the years.”
We encourage all our local readers to drop by and meet the new owners of Burke’s Grill today!
Long-awaited Driver Services Location to be Built Near Douglas County Jail.
August of 2020, the State of Georgia approved a new Department of Drivers Services to be built in Douglas County, which is excellent news for residents west of Atlanta. Douglas County had requested a new DDS location many times in the past and had been turned down. This time, the State of Georgia approved the request, so now Douglas County will not be the only county west of Atlanta not to have one.
All of Douglas County’s neighbors, including Cobb, Paulding, Carroll, and Fulton, have DDS offices. State residents can take their written and driving tests at these locations to get their driver’s license and conduct other DDS business.
The next step in this process was to determine where they would build the new DDS location and purchase the land. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously last month to purchase 4.453 acres for $600,000, located on Earl D. Lee Boulevard. The new DDS location will be built next to the County Jail and backs up to I-20 near the Fairburn Road exit. There is no timetable for construction at this time, so an opening date is not known at this time.
The new DDS location will also have a Commercial Driver’s License testing facility. There are currently only 3 in the state, so adding this fourth one will be great for area residents. There are many exciting changes coming to Douglas County, and this one will make everyone’s life a little more convenient.