Cedartown Police along with assistance from Polk County Police responded to a report of a man pointing a gun at people in front of Polk Medical Center on April 5th. Upon arrival of police four men were found in front of the hospital and were made to get on the ground while police searched them. Police found an airsoft-style BB gun on one of the suspects. The men were free to go but the gun was taken into police custody as evidence.
Polk County Fire Crews responded to a house fire on Culp’s Lake Road Wednesday afternoon. The fire started in a hallway closet of the abandoned house in the 600 block. Fire crews were able to make entry to the home and quickly extinguish the flames. The home did suffer moderate smoke and water damage. No one was living in the home at the time however the power was still on to the residents. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and is under investigation.
Aimee Madden-City of Cedartown Public Information Officer
Cedartown, Ga. – April 8, 2014: The City of Cedartown will be taking part in “Georgia Cities Week,” a state-wide celebration that showcases the contributions and services of local government.
The official state-wide celebration begins on Monday, April 13, and ends on Saturday, April 19. Locally, a special event called “Celebrate Cedartown” has been planned for Thursday, April 17, from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. The free event, hosted by the City of Cedartown and sponsored in part by the Cedartown Kiwanis Club, will take place at City Hall. Equipment from the City’s Police Department, Fire Department and Public Works Department will be on display. Residents are invited to come out and get an up-close view of some of the City’s most important service vehicles. A bouncy house will be provided for children and free popcorn and water will be served.
“We’re very proud of our city and the services we provide that make it attractive to residents and visitors. Our fire department and police department work around the clock to make sure you and your family are safe – and we want you to help us celebrate those facts,” said Bill Fann, Cedartown City Manager. “Cities provide the services and infrastructure to help businesses grow and set the stage for events where families and individuals can gather as a community. We extend an invitation for you to come out to this event, meet some of our great city staff, and ‘Celebrate Cedartown’ with us.”
The Cedartown City Commission will also issue a resolution at their April 14 meeting that honors the efforts of Georgia Cities Week. Also during this meeting, a special video featuring Cedartown elementary school students will be debuted. The video was created as a way for local children to “think like a commissioner” and answer the question: What Would You Do if You Were City Commissioner?” The video offers both serious and humorous suggestions from our city’s smallest residents on how to make Cedartown an even better place to call home.
For more information about the April 17 event, contact Aimee Madden, Cedartown Public Information Officer, at 770-748-3220, ext. 221. For the latest information about the event, “like” City of Cedartown on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at CityofCedartown.
Winthrop at Polk recently announced they will undergo renovations to expand their current facility in Cedartown. The current facility located on Melissa Lane plans to add a 20 apartments this summer in hopes to be open by December of this year. A tentative ground breaking for the new Memory Lane Memory Care wing is set for May 15th. The new wing will be devoted to providing specific care to patients with either Dementia or Alzheimer’s.
One of Cedartown’s outstanding young athletes is now receiving national attention and in a big way. The National Sports Report recently released their annual rankings of athletes in the United States. Cedartown native Harlem Diamond has been ranked as the Number 1 athlete in America for football players under the age of nine. Diamond’s most recent football season saw him play on an undefeated Cedartown team. Diamond has scored 163 touchdowns in just four years of recreational football which averages to around 40 trips to the end zone every year. Diamond also picked up 12 tackles on the defensive side of the ball this past year.
An owner of a home burned on Mountain Home Road will not have charges filed against him after setting the home on fire Friday evening. According to reports Polk County Firefighters and Polk County PD were called to a reported house fire in the 2600 block of Mountain Home Road Friday evening and when they arrived the found an unusual situation. The owner of the home was sitting on the porch of his current home watching the single wide trailer burn. The home owner admitted to officials to setting the home on fire and did not realize what he had done was illegal. Polk County Fire Chief Randy Lacey stated the man would not have any charges filed against him since there was no insurance policy current on the trailer.
A Polk County man charged with murder is officially back in Polk County after being arrested by U.S. Marshalls out of state. Curtis Todd Kuhn age 33 of a Carrollton address was brought back to Polk County where he will face murder charges in the death of a retired Cobb County Police Officer. Kuhn is accused of shooting his step-father Robert Donald May back in September at May’s home on Parish Road. Kuhn is being charged with aggravated assault and murder under the Family Violence Act as well as felony murder and first degree cruelty to children. Kuhn was booked in the Polk County jail back on February 8th .
Local attorney Chuck Morris recently announced several endorsements by local attorneys in his bid for Judge of Superior Court for the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit. Attorneys endorsing Morris include Daniel B. Simon, III of Rockmart, Wright Gammon, Brad McFall, Bryan Villarreal, George E. Mundy, Benjamin C. Burch, J. Steve Astin, Michael D. McRae, Jule W. Peek, Jr., Robert T. Monroe, Carey R. Pilgrim, William L. Lundy, Jr., Richard J. Lundy and John A. Mays, Jr. all of Cedartown as well as Stephen Garner of Breman, Nicholas J. Rego of Tallapoosa and William E. Cetti of Taylorsville. Morris stated in his release “It is truly an honor to receive the endorsement and support of my peers. I am truly humbled that so many local attorneys are supporting me in my campaign.” Morris is a partner at the law firm of Parker and Lundy here in Cedartown as well an Associate Judge for the Juvenile Courts of Polk and Haralson Counties. Morris announced his candidacy after Judge Richard Sutton announced he would retire at the end of this year. The election for Superior Court Judge is a non-partisan election and will be held on May 20th with early voting beginning on April 28th.
Cedartown and Polk County fire crews responded to a report of a man being trapped inside of an overturned tractor Monday afternoon. Crews responded to Fire Tower Road near Treat Mountain Road to the overturned tractor where the driver was trapped, but uninjured. Crews extricated the driver shortly after arriving on scene.
What started as snow on Tuesday will hopefully end with snow on Thursday. Winter storm Pax is still effecting the southeast with freezing temperatures and lingering snow in some areas. Cedartown residents woke up to snow and a winter wonderland Thursday morning after Pax dumped snow, freezing rain and ice all over Cedartown. According to reports from Georgia Power residents throughout Polk County went without power. Power outages were reported from Piedmont Hwy. in the west to downtown Cedartown, to Antioch and into Rockmart in the east. Polk County Schools closed their doors for a third straight day due to the conditions of the roadways in Cedartown. Road department crews did attempt to clear some of the major routes in Cedartown. Temperatures are expected to rise to around 40 degrees today which should begin to melt some of the ice and snow away. Some meteorologist however are expecting much of the snow and ice to stick around into Friday when temperatures are expected to reach the 50’s. WGAA will continue to keep you updated on road conditions and closing throughout the area.