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.
The Cedartown Tree Commission along with the Georgia Forestry Commission’s Smokey the Bear will celebrate Arbor Day at Peek’s Park on February 21st. Smokey the Bear will be in park to greet residents and take pictures with kids from 3:00pm until 5:00pm weather permitting. The Tree Commission will be handing out flyers with information on local trees to anyone interested. Arbor Day was started in Nebraska in 1872 with the purpose of planting, protecting and preserving our trees.
The Cedartown City Commission recently heard a proposal from Inman Solar to build 5 acres worth of solar panels on a piece of property located on 6th street. If the proposal is approved by the city commission it would bring in $15,000 a year for 20 years which would equal out to $300,000. The money would be used for the Cedartown Development Authority if the proposal moves forward. Inman Solar constructs and operates solar sites around the state and currently operates solar sights in Cedartown’s North Business Park, as well as locations in Rockmart and Aragon. City Commissioners heard the proposal at their February work session meeting and decided to move forward with the letter of intent. No other action has been taken by the City Commission at this time.
17 year old Eddie Clark will be spending at least the next 50 years behind bars after entering a guilty plea in Polk Superior Court Thursday afternoon. Clark was charged in the 2012 stabbing of Elizabeth Hutcheson, a pizza delivery worker who was delivering a pizza to the home of Clark’s accomplice Cadedra Cook. Clark and Cook stabbed and beat Hutcheson to death and then stole Hutcheson’s money and attempted to escape police custody. Clark was sentenced to life in prison and cannot seek parole until he has served at least 50 years after pleading guilty to felony murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and obstruction. The death penalty was not an option for prosecutors due to Clark’s age. Cook is already serving time after pleading guilty in the case last year
It is officially day 3 of winter storm Leon and the people of Polk County are still dealing with the effects. Some road ways in Cedartown have begun to clear, however many of these roadways are still covered in ice. Cedartown road crews were able to open the viaduct on East Avenue, however the bridge on College Street is still closed. John Hand Road between John Phillips Road and Lake View Drive remains closed and the intersection of College Drive and Cherokee Road is still posing a problem for motorist. Cedatown city offices will re-open today at 12:00, however many businesses are remaining closed. No decision on Polk County Schools has been given yet for Friday. With the freezing temperatures the dangers of freezing water pipes becomes an issue once again for Polk County. Residents are reminded to take precautions against freezing pipes until the temperatures reach above freezing.
Visitors to Peek Forest Park will notice new informational signs located throughout the park. On January 18th, the Cedartown Tree Commission is partnership with the W.D. Trippe Foundation, the Ayers Beck Golf Tournament, The City of Cedartown and Helms Painting installed seven informational signs throughout the downtown Cedartown park. The signs have information about trees in the park, as well as other local trees. The welcome sign was also update with a QR code that always visitors to snap a photo of a lead on a plant and learn information about that plant through a program call Leafsnap. According to Tree Commission Chairman Marily Bunn, the next phase in the project will be to install a larger sign at the park entrance with a map of trees and markers, as well as additional information about local trees. 2014 marks the 20th year Cedartown is being recognized as a “Tree City” by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
Registration is now underway for the 2014 Cedartown Youth Baseball Season. Registration will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30am until 1:30pm and 5:30pm and 7:00pm at the cabin at Northwest Park. Registration will also take place on Saturdays from 9:00am until 1:00pm in the Senior Building. For more information on Youth Baseball please call 470-865-2990.