Bussey's Florist named 2014 Small Business of the Year
The Polk County Chamber of Commerce has named Bussey’s Florist as the 2014 Small Business of the Year.
According to a press release from the Chamber,
Each year, the Polk County Chamber recognizes a small business (20 employees or less) as the Small Business of the Year. The recipient receives this prestigious award for accomplishments made in their business that benefit their customers, employees and the county. Small businesses are major contributors to the strength of the American economy and create 80 percent of jobs. The Polk County Chamber is proud to say that 80 percent of its membership is small business owners. (more…)
The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help staffing company Aerotek recruit about 45 workers for The Hon Corporation’s manufacturing plant in Cedartown. The company manufactures office furniture.
The recruiting event will be held Wednesday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Rome campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College, 1 Maurice Culberson Dr., S.W.
The staffing company is recruiting machine and forklift operators and welders, along with assembly-line workers and people to sew fabric for office chairs. Staff from the GDOL will be available to help the employer screen applicants prior to the interviews. (more…)
A Cedartown Police officer is recovering in a Chattanooga area hospital today after sustaining serious injuries from a wreck as he was rendering aid to a fellow officer early Sunday morning.
Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome says that as another officer was attempting to pull over a driver on East Avenue, the driver was throwing items out of the car and refused to stop. Those items were later determined to be baggies of suspected methamphetamine.
Officer Josh Turner was responding to a call from the pursuing officer for back up.
“Officer Turner was responding to that request for assistance when he lost control of his patrol car on the wet road,” said Newsome. “He went headlong into a building on the west end of Main Street in the 400 block.”
Turner was transported to Floyd Medical Center in Rome and then airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. Newsome said that he had undergone surgery on Sunday for some serious injuries but is expected to survive.
“The thing that we are thankful for is that we didn’t lose Josh,” said Newsome. “We are behind him 100 percent.”
The officers had to leave the traffic stop to render aid to Officer Turner, but an investigation is currently underway.
The investigation is continuing after a body was found Saturday morning on the Silver Comet Trail near Fish Creek.
According to Polk County Coroner Tony Brazier, 41-year-old Paul Odell McGee of a Bethlehem Road address in Rockmart was located just after 11:00 a.m. by walkers on the trail near a rest area on the trail near Bethlehem Road.
Brazier pronounced McGee dead on the scene at approximately 11:20 a.m. Saturday, and said that he could see no visible signs of trauma or injuries.
“The decedent appeared to have been there overnight,” said Brazier. “We believe he passed sometime between 10:30 and 11:30 Friday night.”
Brazier said the body has been sent to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy, but no foul play is suspected at this time.
The Polk County Police Department, along with the Polk County Coroner’s Office, are continuing to investigate.
Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome said alert residents helped nab a fleeing suspect this morning and while doing so, protected the safety and well being of an innocent child.
According to Newsome, officers with the Cedartown Police Department responded to a call this morning on Main Street by a concerned resident. “This individual called in to report suspicious activity of a person riffling through several other vehicles in that location and entering an auto,” Newsome said. “From that initial call, we were able to issue a BOLO (be on the lookout) for the suspect based on vehicle description.” (more…)
A Rockmart man died early Tuesday morning after being struck by a motor home on Interstate 75 in Bartow County.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, 42-year-old Bobby S. Morris of Rockmart was walking along the interstate at around 3:00 a.m. Tuesday when he was struck by the motor home near mile marker 298.
The driver, David Slitti from Carleton, Michigan was traveling northbound on I-75 and struck Morris while merging from the center lane to the right lane. The driver said he never saw the pedestrian until it was too late.
At this time, no charges are pending against the driver of the vehicle.
Cedartown businessman Scotty Tillery has been selected by Probate Judge Linda Smith to fill the unexpired term of County Commissioner Billy Croker.
Croker passed away on February 21, 2015. ”I am grateful for the trust Judge Jones has placed in me and I will work hard to justify her confidence. Billy Croker left a legacy of excellent public service to Polk County. Mr. Croker had a love for Polk County and its citizens just as I do . It is an honor to represent Polk County and I am ready to get to work,” said an elated Tillery.
A former City Commissioner with the City of Cedartown, Tillery said he is looking forward to the challenge. ”I know how to read a government budget, I know how to live by the budget, and I know how to work with the staff. I have served on government boards, commissions, and committees for more than 18 years and anyone who has ever worked with me knows I am a workhorse, not just another politician,” he continued.
Tillery will be sworn in before the regular County Commission meeting, April 7 and his term will extend until December 31, 2016.
Tillery’s sees his top priorities as expanding job opportunities, increasing qualitiy of life, developing tourism, and improving the appearance of Polk County. ”Government is a team effort. Building coalitions of city, county, state and federal agencies, non-profits, churches, private foundations, and civic associations to address these critical issues is the best way to take our communities to the next level,” said Tillery.
Today, a Polk County Grand Jury returned a true bill of indictment against former Polk County Coroner, Lester C. (“Trey”) Litesey, on charges of felony Theft by Taking and felony Violation of Oath by Public Officer.
District attorney, Jack Browning, presented the case to the grand jury, assisted by lead investigator, GBI agent Mandy Rowlen.
Following the opening of the indictments returned by the grand jury, which included the Litesey indictment, Browning stated, “it’s never a proud day in the career of a District Attorney to have to present the alleged wrongdoings of another public officer to a Grand Jury for possible criminal prosecution. However, whenever a person who has taken an oath to serve and uphold the public’s trust, and fails to do so, particularly by using his or her office of public trust to commit a criminal act, then that person must be held responsible for that violation of the public’s trust.”
Browning said at this time it would be inappropriate to discuss or comment on any specifics of the case, but only that Mr. Litesey’s case will follow the path of any other case on the criminal docket; that is, Mr. Litesey will be arrested and permitted to post a bond, which has been set in the amount of $10,000; his case will be arraigned during the next month, and then placed on a trial calendar.
In that regard, Browning added that, “as with the recent Polk county Facebook murder case I tried late last year, which took only a few months to take from arrest to trial, I will likewise try to move this case as quickly as possible.”
A long term investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies has resulted in the arrest of a Cedartown man on numerous felony charges.
According to the Polk County Drug Task Force, 47-year-old Arthur Lewis Borders of 1076 Potash Road was arrested Wednesday afternoon following the discovery of numerous illegal substances on his property. According to task force commander and Polk County Chief Deputy Jonathan Blackmon, an undercover operation led to a search warrant being issued in late February at Border’s home and surrounding property.
“Our agents were doing a reverse drug buy, when the drug agents are selling to the drug dealer,” said Blackmon. “The alleged drug dealer made the purchase and our guys had all the evidence needed to go to the house and make the arrest.” (more…)