Multiple units of the Polk County Fire Department were called out Wednesday morning to battle a fire that destroyed an unoccupied trailer at a location on Berry Road near Corn Road, just west of Cedartown.
According to Polk County Public Safety Director Randy Lacey, the fire appeared to originate on the left side of the single-wide trailer and spread into the roof and walls.
Lacey confirmed that no one was inside the structure when they arrived just after 11 a.m. to find flames shooting out of windows on the left side of the mobile home. Lacey added that the utilities had been shut off for some time.
No injuries were reported in the blaze.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Polk County Police Department.
It will be the end of an era at 6:00 a.m. Thursday morning, when the doors at Polk Medical Center on North Main Street close their doors, and a new era begins at that same time some three miles to the east on Highway 278.
At that same moment, the emergency room will become operational at the new Polk Medical Center facility just east of town, according to Matt Gorman, administrator of Polk Medical Center.
Over the past several weeks, a massive undertaking of moving some of the equipment, infrastructure, records, and eventually patients has been underway.
The community was able to get a firsthand look at the new hospital a few weeks ago during an open house event. Gorman says to look for a formal ribbon cutting in the near future for the new hospital facility.
As for the old building on North Main Street, the city of Cedartown will take possession on Thursday and work should begin soon on the One Door Polk Network, which will house a number of healthcare and social services, and eventually a new Joint Emergency Operations Center for Polk County.
Join WGAA for the most up-to-date election coverage on statewide and local elections tonight after the polls close at 7:00 p.m.
WGAA News Director Andrew Carter will provide updates three times an hour starting just after the 7:00 hour tonight.
Here in Polk County, there are several contested races on the ballot for voters to decide:
State Senate, District 31
(I) Bill Heath – R
Charles Winter – D
Polk County BOE, District 2
(I) Susan Berry – R
Bernard Morgan – D
Polk County BOE, District 4
(I) Grady McCrickard – R
Regina Roberts – D
Voters in unincorporated Polk County will also be voting YES or NO on whether to authorize the county commission to form a paid/volunteer fire department, and implement a 10 year plan that would involve reducing the fire districts in the county from nine to seven, and relocating the fire stations to more centralized locations for better coverage.
Statewide elections include races for U.S. Senate, Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Schools Superintendent, and others. Voters wishing to find out more about who or what they are voting on in the election can visit www.polkgeorgia.org and navigate to the Board of Elections page.
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The Polk School District Board of Education met Tuesday morning to formally form a new board that will effectively oversee the completion of a new college and career academy for the county.
The board, known as the Polk County College and Career Academy, Inc. is comprised mostly of business and community leaders and will lead the efforts to secure funding for the project.
Polk School District CTAE Director Katie Thomas was named as CEO of the newly formed board, with local attorney Karen Nissen being appointed as chairperson. Charlie Zebeau was appointed as vice-chairperson, Mary Miller as Secretary, and Britt Madden, Jr. as Treasurer. (more…)