High court sides with Marietta gro­cer in em­i­nent do­main case

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MARIETTA — The Geor­gia Supreme Court has sided with a for­mer gro­cer in a years-long em­i­nent do­main case over prop­erty the city hoped to use to ex­pand a park.

In an opin­ion handed down Mon­day morn­ing, the state Supreme Court ruled the city of Marietta vi­o­lated the Landowner’s Bill of Rights when it moved to con­demn a gro­cery store owned by Ray Sum­mer­our in the his­tor­i­cally black Bishop Town neigh­bor­hood with­out pro­vid­ing an en­tire copy of its ap­praisal. Mon­day’s de­ci­sion up­held a Court of Ap­peals rul­ing in fa­vor of Sum­mer­our, say­ing the city acted out­side its au­thor­ity by con­demn­ing the man’s prop­erty and dis­miss­ing Marietta’s con­dem­na­tion pe­ti­tion.

Shaddi Abu­said, Marietta Daily Jour­nal

Can­ton teen charged with high school se­nior’s death

CAN­TON — A Can­ton teen was ar­rested and charged Fri­day for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence and caus­ing the car ac­ci­dent that took the life of a ris­ing Creekview se­nior, Mahlon Thorn­ton, in June near Ball Ground.

Cameron Childers, 18, was charged with one count each of ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide, ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide in the sec­ond de­gree, driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs, reck­less driv­ing, weav­ing over the road­way and speed­ing, ac­cord­ing to Chero­kee Sher­iff’s Of­fice spokes­woman Sgt. Mar­i­anne Kelley.

The of­fice’s Traf­fic En­force­ment Unit had re­cently com­pleted its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the fa­tal car ac­ci­dent that oc­curred June 19, Kelley said.

“The driver in the ac­ci­dent, Cameron Childers, 17 years of age at the time of the ac­ci­dent, was driv­ing west­bound on Hightower Road when his Dodge Ram pickup truck left the road­way trav­el­ing down an em­bank­ment where it struck a tree caus­ing the death of his pas­sen­ger, Mahlon Thorn­ton, 16 years of age,” she said.

Childers turned him­self into the Chero­kee County Adult De­ten­tion Cen­ter and was re­leased from jail that same day on a bond of $14,227, Kelley said.

Madi­son Ho­gan, Chero­kee Tri­bune

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