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.
Rockmart Fire crews responded to a house fire with possible entrapment New Year’s Eve night. The call originally came in from a grandmother inside a house on Polk Street and reported that she and her grandchildren were trapper inside the home. A full county fire alarm was also dispatched which sent 4 Polk County fire stations to the fire as well. Upon arrival of Rockmart Police officers all the residents inside the home had evacuated without incident. The fire was contained to the kitchen area of the home and was quickly extinguished. No injuries were reported in the fire.
Two tractor trailers collided Sunday night and shut down part of Highway 27 South. Emergency crews responded to the area of Highway 27 South and the South Main Street turn off around 8:30pm. A truck carrying pulp wood logs traveling North collided with a Heartland Express transfer truck traveling South at the intersection. The pulp wood truck hit the Heartland Express truck in the engine compartment and then rolled on its side as it took out the guard rail and spilled its load of logs. Reports originally stated one driver was trapped in their truck but was freed before fire crews from Cedartown Fire arrived on scene. It is unclear at this time whether the truck traveling North ran the red light or the if truck traveling South pulled in front of the wood truck. No injury reports on the drivers of the two trucks are available at this time.
Two City of Aragon Council members were recognized and honored last week. Aragon Mayer Ken Sufferidge presented outgoing council members Beverly Clinton and Patricia Jackson with plaques commemorating their years of service to the city and residents of Aragon. Clinton served on the council for 17 years while Jackson served two separate four-year terms. For the first time in almost 25 years the Aragon City Council will be an all male City Council.
A Floyd County grand jury indicted 21-year old David Zachary Gresham on murder chargers in the death of 3 year old Ella Camp. Gresham was indicted on 2 two counts of murder and one count of first-degree child cruelty, aggravated battery and aggravated assault. Reports state that on September 17th, Gresham caused blunt force trauma to Camp’s head and body which lead to her death two days later. Camp died after being airlifted from Floyd Medical Center to Children’s at Scottish Rite Pediatric Hospital.
Polk County Farm Bureau was recently named as one of the top farm bureaus in the state of Georgia. Polk County’s Farm Bureau along with nine others in the 1,331-2,230 member category throughout the state were named as finalist at the 76th annual convention early this month for the McKemie Award, which is the highest honor a county farm bureau can receive. President James Casey was also honored as the longest serving farm bureau president. Casey has served as president since 1966.
Cedartown residents may have a noticed a Cedartown landmark received a face lift with a fresh coat of paint. Historic West Cinema recently received a new coat of paint and participated in the Façade Grant Program. Owner Kenneth Brown received a grant from the Downtown Cedartown Association’s Façade Grant Program which is designed to pay 50% of cost to improve a storefront’s façade. Improvements can be anything from new paint to, new awning, windows or other exterior renovations. The West Cinema was painted back to the color that matches the original color of the theater when it was built in the 1940s.