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.
Crews from Cedartown Fire Department responded to the Polk County Jail Thursday afternoon to the report of a possible fire. Firefighters were dispatched after an employee of the jail called 911 and reported a possible fire in the kitchen area. Firefighters arrived on scene and checked the area of the kitchen but were unable to locate the source of the smoke. Crews checked the building and eventually made their way to the roof of the building to check the heating and air units located on the roof. Fire crews along with jail maintenance personnel located the source of the problem once the reached the roof and checked the attic area. A burned up motor in one of the heating and air units was the cause of the smoke coming into the building.
Polk County Commissioner’s have received a proposal from SkyDive Georgia to purchase a portion of land from the county at the Polk County Airport. Rick Bray from SkyDive Georgia presented the proposal to the board at the December meeting. Bray stated the less than one acre piece of property SkyDive Georgia wanted to purchase would be used for military personnel to use through a contract agreement. Bray believes the use of this property by military personnel would bring economic advantages to the Polk County area. Commissioners along with Polk County attorney Brad McFall explained to Bray the complications with purchasing a piece of property that Polk County received federal funding for. Polk County currently receives $150,000 annual from the federal government for upkeep of the airport. Bray is expected to revise his proposal and re-present it a late date.
Construction has started on a new 12-inch sewer line that will service the new Polk Medical Center. The sewer line has started at the site of the new Polk Medical Center on highway 278 and will continue into Cedartown where it will eventually end at the waste water treatment plant on Branch Street. The line will have to be run underneath Main Street and College Street. The project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2014 just before the planned opening of the new hospital in the fall of 2014. The $4.5 million sewer line project is being paid for by Floyd Healthcare Management, Inc. and Polk Medical Center, inc. The overall cost of the new hospital is in the $40 million range.