Meris Lutz

Local government reporter

Meris Lutz covers Cobb County politics and community news for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Before joining the AJC, she worked at the Marietta Daily Journal, and previously covered the Middle East for the Los Angeles Times and others. She graduated from Emory University.

Latest from Meris Lutz

Cobb veterans frustrated, hopeful as VA remakes local system
 For years, the Department of Veterans Affairs operated a single clinic in Cobb County, a facility in Austell that veterans said was too crowded, outdated and poorly equipped for handicapped patients. But the VA’s plan to shutdown the facility later this year and open new clinics to help service the county’s 40,000 veterans ...

Posted: 2 days ago

For years, the Department of Veterans Affairs operated a single clinic in Cobb County, a facility in Austell that veterans said was too crowded, outdated and poorly equipped for handicapped patients. But the VA’s plan to shutdown the facility later this year and open new clinics to help service the county’s 40,000 veterans ...
Cumberland CID chairman faces DUI charges
 Cumberland CID Chairman Tad Leithead is facing charges of driving under the influence stemming from a Jan. 6 arrest in Forsyth County. Shortly after 5 p.m. that day, law enforcement responded to a call about a driver who had parked in the middle of the road and was sitting on the pavement outside his vehicle, according to an incident report...

Posted: 3 days ago

Cumberland CID Chairman Tad Leithead is facing charges of driving under the influence stemming from a Jan. 6 arrest in Forsyth County. Shortly after 5 p.m. that day, law enforcement responded to a call about a driver who had parked in the middle of the road and was sitting on the pavement outside his vehicle, according to an incident report...
Age, wealth and education divide Cobb voters on transit
 Transit supporters in Cobb are likely to be younger, wealthier and more educated than transit skeptics. Meanwhile, the skeptics are more reliable voters — and angrier. Those were some of the conclusions that came out of a transit planning meeting Thursday, during which elected officials, business leaders and residents dissected the...

Posted: 7 days ago

Transit supporters in Cobb are likely to be younger, wealthier and more educated than transit skeptics. Meanwhile, the skeptics are more reliable voters — and angrier. Those were some of the conclusions that came out of a transit planning meeting Thursday, during which elected officials, business leaders and residents dissected the...
Cobb sheriff’s message on Trump wall copied from lobbying form letter
 An open letter signed by Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren endorsing President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall was not written by the sheriff himself, but rather was a form letter copied onto county letterhead as part of an organized lobbying campaign, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. The White House provided a copy of the letter...

Posted: 8 days ago

An open letter signed by Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren endorsing President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall was not written by the sheriff himself, but rather was a form letter copied onto county letterhead as part of an organized lobbying campaign, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. The White House provided a copy of the letter...
Cobb sheriff pens letter supporting Trump’s border wall
 Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren blamed lawmakers for the “continuing loss” of “innocent American lives” due to illegal immigration in a letter he wrote in support of President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall. Warren’s open letter to the president and Congress, written on Cobb Sheriff&rsquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren blamed lawmakers for the “continuing loss” of “innocent American lives” due to illegal immigration in a letter he wrote in support of President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall. Warren’s open letter to the president and Congress, written on Cobb Sheriff&rsquo...
Family seeks answers after mentally ill man dies in Cobb custody
 The family of a mentally ill man who was arrested in Cobb County for a probation violation and died in custody last month say they’re still waiting for answers about the circumstances of his death.  Reginald Wilson, 54, suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, his family say. He was found unresponsive at the Cobb jail...

Posted: 11 days ago

The family of a mentally ill man who was arrested in Cobb County for a probation violation and died in custody last month say they’re still waiting for answers about the circumstances of his death.  Reginald Wilson, 54, suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, his family say. He was found unresponsive at the Cobb jail...
Contaminated groundwater, a toxic legacy of Georgia’s air bases
 For decades, the United States Air Force used a toxic firefighting foam that contaminated water near bases and exposed communities to chemicals linked to cancer and a variety of other health problems. Recent tests at Georgia’s three air bases show extensive environmental contamination of groundwater caused by the foam. Despite Air Force...

Posted: 16 days ago

For decades, the United States Air Force used a toxic firefighting foam that contaminated water near bases and exposed communities to chemicals linked to cancer and a variety of other health problems. Recent tests at Georgia’s three air bases show extensive environmental contamination of groundwater caused by the foam. Despite Air Force...
Heavy rains cause flooding across metro Atlanta
 Most of the metro area and north Georgia will remain under a flash flood watch through early Saturday as Atlanta nears record rainfall. Heavy rain Friday felled trees, swelled rivers and flooded roads, closing streets and stranding several drivers who had to be rescued from the rising waters. A woman in Cobb was saved by emergency responders...

Posted: 21 days ago

Most of the metro area and north Georgia will remain under a flash flood watch through early Saturday as Atlanta nears record rainfall. Heavy rain Friday felled trees, swelled rivers and flooded roads, closing streets and stranding several drivers who had to be rescued from the rising waters. A woman in Cobb was saved by emergency responders...
Flooded Cobb streets closed after woman rescued from high waters
 UPDATE: Several Cobb County roads have been closed due to flooding from heavy rains Friday. Columns Drive in East Cobb and Woodland Brook in Vinings were among those temporarily shut down. Cobb officials urged caution after a woman driving a van was stranded by high water and had to be rescued on Woodland Brook near Brandy Station. They said...

Posted: 22 days ago

UPDATE: Several Cobb County roads have been closed due to flooding from heavy rains Friday. Columns Drive in East Cobb and Woodland Brook in Vinings were among those temporarily shut down. Cobb officials urged caution after a woman driving a van was stranded by high water and had to be rescued on Woodland Brook near Brandy Station. They said...
Marietta residents can now ask Google or Alexa for city news
 If you live in Marietta and you’re too lazy to Google when your trash collection day is, good news! The city has launched new features for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant that allow users to ask their virtual assistants about upcoming meetings, city officials, licensing and other services. First, Alexa users will need to enable the...

Posted: 22 days ago

If you live in Marietta and you’re too lazy to Google when your trash collection day is, good news! The city has launched new features for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant that allow users to ask their virtual assistants about upcoming meetings, city officials, licensing and other services. First, Alexa users will need to enable the...
Survey: Actually, most Cobb voters like MARTA
 A survey commissioned by Cobb shows MARTA is more popular in the county than its anti-transit reputation has led many to believe.  The findings, released Tuesday, appear to echo a study published last month by the Atlanta Regional Commission indicating support for transit is growing throughout the metro area, including ...

9:32 PM Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

A survey commissioned by Cobb shows MARTA is more popular in the county than its anti-transit reputation has led many to believe.  The findings, released Tuesday, appear to echo a study published last month by the Atlanta Regional Commission indicating support for transit is growing throughout the metro area, including ...