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.
Local attorney, Charles E. “Chuck” Morris has announced his candidacy for Judge of Superior Court for the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit. Morris is a graduate of the University of the South and Georgia State University. Morris began practicing law when he joined Parker and Lundy Law Firm in 1998. Morris has also served as an Associate Judge for the Juvenile Courts of Polk and Haralson Counties since 2007. Morris has been involved in several community organizations over the years including serving as President of the Cedartown Kiwanis Club, Campaign Chairman for the Cedartown United Fund and is currently serving on the Cedartown Walk of Fame Committee. Morris looks to replace retiring Judge Richard Sutton who announced his intentions to retire back in late 2013. Voting for Superior Court Judge will take place in the May 20 election.
The following are closed for Monday, January 6th:
-Polk County Schools
-Cedartown Nutrition Center
-Lundy Christian Academy
-Worldview Child Care
-First United Methodist Church Preschool
-Stepping Stones Daycare
-Floyd County Schools
-Rome City Schools (Monday and Tuesday)
-Carrollton City Schools
-Paulding County Schools
Polk County Fire crews responded to a house fire early Sunday morning. The call was dispatched just after 5:00am Sunday morning. The house on Cook Road in the Potash Road area of Polk County was reported to have fire in the attic of the home. Upon arrival of fire crews heavy smoke and flames were seen coming from the roof of the home. According to the homeowners the fire started in the kitchen area of the home, possibly in the exhaust fan located above the stove. The homeowner awoke and went into the kitchen where she saw heavy smoke around the stove and when she pulled the stove away from the wall, flames were visible. The homeowners were able to make it out of the house and no injuries were reported in the fire.
According to reports the two EMS providers in Polk County may be looking to combine into one single service. Floyd Medical Center and Redmond Regional Medical Center are expected to submit a formal request within the next few weeks to combine the two hospital’s EMS service into a single provider. Redmond Regional Medical Center’s EMS service currently covers Polk County, Floyd County and Chattooga County, while Floyd operates in designated zones in Polk and Floyd County. Hospital leaders have been discussing some type of merger for several months and recently notified their employees of the possible merger by email. It is unclear at this time exactly what kind of merger would take place if the request was approved. The two services may be combined into one service or an outside service may be brought in to take over the services. Both hospital managers are hoping to have an approval to move ahead in the merger process within the next six months.