Those driving along Highway 278 on the way out of Cedartown toward Rockmart will see a new sign just past the Polk County Emergency 911 building. That sign, placed by the Georgia Department of Transportation, was revealed during a ceremony on Tuesday, honoring the late Billy Arthur Tanner, a state trooper from Cedartown who lost his life in the line of duty 44 years ago. (more…)
Drivers using East Avenue as part of their commute know well the deteriorating condition of that thoroughfare. A solution to the issue is being planned by the city of Cedartown to correct the problem.
City Manager Bill Fann presented to city commissioners during a work session on Monday the plans for a complete milling and resurfacing project for East Avenue.
Fann says now that the burial of the new sewer line to connect the new Polk Medical Center is complete, the city is looking at getting the long deteriorating street back into shape, but he adds that it will be costly.
“East Avenue for the most part is a three lane road,” said Fann. ”Our best estimate at this point is a $250,000 to $280,000 project.”
The good news, however, is that the Georgia Department of Transportation will be assisting in the overall cost, to the tune of more than the regular allotment for project assistance.
“They’ve actually agreed to include an additional $130,000, which is a mixture of extra funds they were able to allocate and from some old projects that had never been completed for whatever reason.”
The project is not expected to get underway until late summer or early fall of 2015. The county road department will handle the paving aspect of the project, with an outside contractor completing the preceding milling.
Former State Representative Bill Cummings (Photo from Alvis Miller & Son Funeral Home)
Polk County citizens are remembering the life and legacy of longtime former State Representative Bill Cummings, who passed away over the weekend after several years of declining health.
Cummings served in the State House of Representatives for 26 years, chaired the Retirement Committee, and served a member of the Appropriations Committee, Ways and Means Committee and the Interstate Cooperation Committee. He was also an educator in the Polk School District for many years and served on the University of West Georgia Board of Trustees from 1982 to 1994.
Current State Representative Trey Kelley remembers Cummings as a giant in our community. “Mr. Cummings was a man who truly transcended all the labels that are often attached to elected officials today,” Kelley said.
“Mr. Cummings reputation as a true public servant was certainly earned during his 26 years of service to our community and it’s an honor to get to serve in the seat once held by him.”
Memorial services will be held Wednesday evening, October 8, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Alvis Miller & Son Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Alvis Miller & Son Funeral Home.
Monday is the deadline for anyone wishing to register to vote in the upcoming November General Election, which is just over a month away.
According to election officials, after the registration deadline has passed, early voting will begin on Monday, October 13 and run until October 31. A Saturday voting day will be on October 25.
There are several local races on the ballot for Polk School District Board of Education. Incumbent Republican Grady McCrickard faces a challenge from Democrat Regina Roberts. Incumbent Republican Susan Berry will face Democrat Bernard Morgan in the General Election.
Statewide elections include the Governor’s race between Republican incumbent Nathan Deal verses Democrat Jason Carter, grandson of former president Jimmy Carter. Democrat Michelle Nunn faces GOP candidate David Perdue for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss, who announced he will not seek reelection.
Polk County citizens will vote on a referendum on a fire plan that would effectively realign the fire districts across the county and create a joint paid/volunteer fire department. The plan would not affect the city fire departments.
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor’s (GDOL) Rome Career Center will help Kelly Services recruit seasonal workers for Petz Enterprises, a software support company in Rome. The recruitment will be held Thursday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the career center at 462 Riverside Parkway.
The company is recruiting 80 temporary technical support representatives. The jobs will last for two to three months and pay $12 per hour. Day and evening shifts are available. The company is also offering paid technical training for those hired.
Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED. Preferred applicants should have at least one year of experience in software technical support. Bilingual skills are a plus.
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Georgia DOT Commissioner Keith Golden and Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner Colonel Mark McDonough are pleased to announce that a section of State Route 6 in Polk County will be named in honor of State Trooper Billy Arthur Tanner who lost his life in line of duty on April 11, 1970.
The dedication ceremony, in accordance with a legislative resolution, will be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at Wimberly Hill Baptist Church, located at 200 Wimberly Hill Loop in Cedartown.
The public and the media are invited to attend the ceremony, which is scheduled between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
A native of Cedartown, Georgia, Trooper Tanner attended the 35th Trooper School and was assigned to service in the city of Calhoun and exhibited extraordinary devotion to duty, outstanding loyalty to his colleagues and the State of Georgia, meticulous attention to details in his work and effective leadership.
Tragically, the life of this dedicated law enforcement officer was cut short after a patrol car crash on State Route 225 in Calhoun.
To honor his life, Georgia General Assembly passed a resolution to designate the portion of Georgia Highway 6 from the US 27 Bypass to the western city limit of Rockmart in Polk County as the Trooper Billy Arthur Tanner Memorial Highway.
The former county coroner and several first responders have been under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation after some money was reported missing from a scene of a death back in August.
According to Greg Ramey, special agent in charge of the GBI Calhoun office, the GBI was contacted by Polk County Police to investigate the possible missing funds.
Special Agent Ramey said he could not comment further on the investigation, but did confirm that his agency is looking into the case.
Any findings that the GBI would gather from the investigation will be turned over to District Attorney Jack Browning’s office.
Former Polk County Coroner Trey Litesey tendered his resignation last week for “personal reasons,” according to a statement from county manager Matt Denton.