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.
The Cedartown Fire Department recently received a $6000 grant from the Georgia Municipal Association. According to Chief Sammy Stephens, the grant will be used to purchase new turnout gear for firefighters.
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.
A two vehicle accident killed a Cedartown man Friday afternoon. The accident occurred around 12:15pm Friday on Highway 27 South, just North of Dougdown Mountain Road. Crews from Cedartown Fire, 3 Polk County Fire Stations, Redmond EMS and law enforcement officers from Polk County PD, Polk County Sheriff’s and Georgia State Patrol responded to the scene. A Toyota Camry driven by 80-year old Cedartown resident, Frank Carter was struck by a logging truck traveling north after Carter appeared to pull out of Old Highway 27 in the path of the truck. The truck struck Carter’s Camry in the driver’s side and then pushed his car some 100 yards down Highway 27. The log truck flipped, tossing its load of logs into the median and north bound lanes of Highway 27. The truck driver was treated for injuries on the scene before begin transported to the hospital. According to Deputy Coroner Tony Brazier, Carter was pronounced dead at the scene. No charges have been filed in the accident according to the Georgia State Patrol. Funeral services for Mr. Carter will be held this afternoon.
You’re a pretty big deal if you’re a high school junior and Mark Richt stops by to see you three weeks from signing day.
Cedartown High School’s Nick Chubb is a pretty big deal.
He’s likely the state’s No. 1 prospect at running back for 2014.
Richt stopped by Cedartown on Monday in between visits to Walton and Kell high schools, among other places.
“It went good,” Chubb told the AJC. “He came up to see me. We didn’t talk much but he just wanted me to know that they’re interested in me.”
“It always means a lot when a head coach comes by to see you.”
The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder holds early scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Tennessee and Purdue. After proving himself at last month’s RisingSeniors game, Chubb also talked with UGA running backs coach Bryan McClendon.
“The last time I talked with (McClendon), he said to consider myself ‘offered,’” Chubb said. “But they haven’t done it officially yet because they’re finishing up with the 2013 class.”
How does Chubb feel about Georgia? “I like Georgia. I like them a lot.”
What about Georgia Tech? “I like them, too. I like every school that is interested in me.”
Chubb said Richt was the first coach to stop by his school during the current NCAA contact period, and that Georgia Tech may be by there later this week.
Chubb plans to make unofficial visits to Georgia Tech on Jan. 20, Alabama on Jan. 26, and Ohio State on Feb. 10.By Michael Carvell, The Atlanta Journal Constitution
The District has completed 41.67% of the fiscal year as of November 2012. Revenues were 6.18% less than expected. Expenditures were 1.26% less than projected. The general fund balance was $414,104.33. Interest earned for the month was $94.18 funds invested at .07%. The Balance in the State Reimbursement RMS and VES Account is $246,198.04. The Balance in the 2008 Construction Account is $1,022,675.63. The Balance in the SPLOST III account is $250,995.24. SPLOST proceeds reported for November were $402,747.97. The Balance in the SPLOST IV account is $4,225,308.35.
Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens has signed an order finalizing new rules that will require all insurance companies who sell individual health policies in Georgia to also offer “Child-Only” individual health coverage beginning January 1, 2013.
“Georgia consumers who want to provide healthcare coverage for their children can begin the process during the open enrollment period of January 1-31,” Commissioners Hudgens said. “To guarantee that children get the quality medical care they need, I encourage parents and guardians with uninsured children to consider purchasing this coverage. ”
A “Child-Only” plan is a type of policy that can be purchased by parents that are uninsured, whose employers do not offer health coverage to dependents, or who have had a qualifying event such as loss of coverage due to job change. A legal guardian can also purchase this type of policy if they are insured by Medicare.
House Bill 1166, which established “Child-Only” policies, was an effort by the Georgia Legislature to assist parents with children under age 19 who are not currently covered, and who do not have access to creditable health insurance coverage. The bill was sponsored by Representative Alex Atwood.
“This was a common sense, free-market initiative that received overwhelming bi-partisan support,” said Rep. Alex Atwood. “I am honored to have authored legislation that will provide hard-working Georgians with an additional insurance option for their children.”
Coverage for this healthcare plan will begin on March 1, for persons applying during the January open enrollment period. Insurers are required to offer guaranteed issue during this period even if a child has a pre-existing condition. Children with loss of coverage due to qualifying events after January 2013 may also be eligible for special enrollment.
Commissioner Hudgens recommends parents and guardians to contact their local health insurance agent directly to inquire about enrollment during the month of January. Anyone with questions about the open enrollment process may also contact the Department toll-free at 800-656-2298. Calls are taken Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The open enrollment period for the “Child Only” policy is January 1-31, 2013.
A daycare teacher in Paulding County has been arrested for hiring someone to kill her ex-husband. Melissa Silvers, 48, thought she was hiring a hit man, however, the hit man was an undercover agent. Silvers was arrested at Lost Mountain Academy Daycare. Silvers has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and is in jail without bond.
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is clearing a path for travelers this holiday season by lifting lane closures over the extended Christmas and New Year’s travel period. GDOT announced today that all scheduled and ongoing construction-related lane closures in Northwest Georgia would be suspended for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The suspension will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 and continue until midnight Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.