Saturday March 1st, the Coosa Valley Credit Union held its 60th annual meeting at the Forum in downtown Rome. The Annual Meeting is required by the National Credit Union Administration and Coosa Valleys Charter to inform members about the current financial state of their Credit Union, notify them of any Board of Directors changes if needed and give a review of the past years activities. Coosa Valley Credit Union takes it a little farther than most credit unions by also making it a free membership appreciation night with dinner, entertainment and door prizes. Robert Smyth, AVP of Marketing for Coosa Valley stated “Coosa Valley is one of a handful of Credit Unions across the nation that has an annual meeting of this magnitude. This year we entertained around 600 members with a Denim and Diamonds theme. We enjoyed great music from Scott Thompson and Peachtree Station. Dinner and décor were provided by Loaves and Fishes Catering and Coosa Valley donated $1500.00 in the name of the membership to the local United Way. We even had Congressman Tom Graves and his wife Julie join us for the evening.” The date for next year’s meeting has already been set and Coosa Valley Credit Union hopes to see all its members on February 28th 2015 at the Forum.
On March 1, 2014, nineteen members of Cedartown High School’s DECA program attended state competition in Atlanta, GA. Seven students won awards and qualified to participate in the national competition to be held in Atlanta in May.
The seven award-winning students pictured are:
ATLANTA – State Representative Trey Kelley (R-Cedartown) today welcomed the 8th grade class of Rockmart Middle School, a group of 230 students, to the State Capitol on Friday, February 28, 2014.
“It was very exciting to have this group of bright young students here to visit our State Capitol,” said Rep. Kelley. “It was a privilege for me to be able to show them Georgia’s legislative process in action. I look forward to watching these students grow.”
The group from Rockmart Middle School visited with Rep. Kelley and had the opportunity to ask him questions about state government and his role as an elected official. The students were also led on a guided tour through the State Capitol where they were able to learn history about the Capitol building, the state, and the legislative process.
Push to increase number of inmates with high school diplomas is part of governor’s plan to reduce recidivism
Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Forsyth County School Superintendent Dr. L.C. “Buster” Evans will join the Department of Corrections as the assistant commissioner of Education effective July 1. In his capacity as assistant commissioner, Evans will lead education initiatives within the department and assist in the implementation of the governor’s criminal justice reforms.
“With 7 out of every 10 Department of Corrections inmates lacking a high school diploma or GED, it is of the utmost importance that while individuals are in our criminal justice system, we do a better job of raising their education and skills to an adequate level,” Deal said. “If an offender has been equipped to enter the workforce upon release, that person will stand a greater chance of avoiding relapse. Buster has been a leader in our state’s education system for more than a decade, and I applaud his continued service to Georgia. His years of experience and commitment to education will serve Georgians well in his new role at the Department of Corrections.”
“I am grateful to Governor Deal for his confidence in me and for the opportunity to serve my state at the Department of Corrections,” Evans said. “While the decision to retire as Forsyth County school superintendent was not an easy one, I look forward to helping nonviolent offenders achieve the kind of quality education that will allow for new growth and prosperity in Georgia’s workforce.”
L.C. “Buster” Evans
Evans has served as superintendent of Forsyth County Schools since 2008. Previously, he was assistant superintendent of schools in Bleckley County and became the first board appointed superintendent for the Bleckley County School System. He is a trustee and chairman of the Teacher’s Retirement Service of Georgia, and sits on the Governor’s Education Advisory Board, Digital Learning Task Force, Superintendents Education Policy Advisory Group at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Education Solutions Group. He has served as president of the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders and president of the Georgia School Superintendents Association. Evans is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and a three-time finalist for the Georgia Superintendent of the Year honor. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Valdosta State College, and his doctorate from the University of Georgia. Buster is a member of First Baptist Church of Cumming and an active Rotarian. He and his wife, Debbie, have two grown children and reside in Cumming.
Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Inalfa Roof Systems, a leading global provider of vehicle roof systems, will expand its recently completed 165,000-square-foot regional headquarters in southwest Cherokee County by an additional 45,000 square feet. The company will invest an additional $6 million and create 100 new jobs in addition to the 300 already announced in June 2013.
“With this significant expansion, it’s clear that Cherokee County is an ideal location for Inalfa Roof Systems,” said Deal. “In its relatively short time in Georgia, Inalfa Roof Systems has proven to be a true team player for economic development in the region. This expansion demonstrates the company’s confidence in our No. 1 business climate.”
The southwest Cherokee facility is strategically located off I-75 at Cherokee 75 Corporate Park, and is in close proximity to automotive manufacturers located throughout the Southeast. With this expansion, a new business unit will be added that vertically integrates a bi-processed injection molding operation to place black lining around the Inalfa sunroofs.
Inalfa Roof Systems recently received the State of Georgia Deal of the Year award for its partnership with the Cherokee County community.
Mary Ellen McClanahan, metro Atlanta project manager at the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), and the Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED) assisted the company with the expansion.
“We’re pleased our community provides Inalfa with a supportive business environment that allows it to achieve these successes,” said Cherokee County Commission Chairman Buzz Ahrens.
“Inalfa is a great example of a company that’s been able to make the most of all that Cherokee County has to offer,” said COED Chairman Marshall Day. “We recognize the importance of existing industry and will continue to be an advocate for them for years to come.”
“This expansion is a sure sign that companies who choose Georgia to locate to will grow within our state,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “In just a few short months, Inalfa Roof Systems has experienced success – this is a strong testimony to the high-quality workforce and pro-business resources that Georgia provides.”
The project is expected to be complete by September 2014.
In the wake of the destructive winter storm Feb. 10-14, Gov. Nathan Deal today submitted a request to President Obama for federal disaster relief for the 48 counties where the combined damage estimates exceed $43 million.
“The storm brought destructive levels of ice that far exceeded anything we’ve seen in decades, and state and local agencies had to mobilize significant resources to protect lives and property and get Georgia back to normal as quickly as possible,” Deal said. “The costs associated with this storm far exceed the federal threshold for a disaster declaration. These are significant expenses for the state, and a declaration by the president will allow us to recoup 75 percent of the eligible costs with federal assistance. We greatly appreciate the cooperation we’ve received from FEMA in this response effort.”
The 48 counties are: Baldwin, Bartow, Bulloch, Burke, Butts, Candler, Carroll, Cherokee, Cobb, Columbia, Coweta, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Emanuel, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gilmer, Glascock, Hancock, Haralson, Heard, Jasper, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, McDuffie, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Richmond, Screven, Spalding, Upson, Walker, Warren, Washington, White, Whitfield and Wilkes.
The winter storm brought exceptional amounts of ice, which led to fallen trees, debris and broken power lines, created treacherous driving conditions and harmed numerous critical facilities. The storm required response from state and local officials and the activation of the Georgia State Operations Center.
Prepared by joint federal, state and local assessment teams, Georgia’s Preliminary Damage Assessment reports an estimated eligible public assistance amount of $43 million. These estimate were developed from data provided by the EMCs, state agencies and joint Preliminary Damage Assessment teams.
Deal has designated GEMA Director Charley English as the State Coordinating Officer for this request. English will work with FEMA to assess any further damages and provide additional justification if need be.
The smaller number translates into big news for the City. “The lower the number, the better for our residents,” said Cedartown Fire Chief Sammy Stephens. “This is good news for everyone, as it will have an impact on the cost of insurance. With a lower classification comes a decrease in premiums.”
ISO collects and evaluates information from communities in the United States on their structure fire suppression capabilities, Stephens explained. This data is analyzed and a PPC ranking is assigned to that community. This ranking (1 through 10) is used in part by insurances companies to establish a rate for protection cost.
The new ranking places Cedartown Fire Department within a group of 2,237 of the 48,960 graded departments throughout the country. “I am certainly thankful for that,” Stephens said.
Stephens said it was not possible at the moment to determine the amount of savings a resident could see. “Because this new classification will not be available to insurances companies until May 1, it was impossible for them to run a quote before that date,” he explained.
According to Stephens, the Cedartown Fire Department was notified in June of 2013 by ISO Field Representative Michel L. Stokes, that the department would have a PPC inspection in August. The inspection is broken down into four parts including needed fire flow, which is the theoretical amount of water necessary for fire suppression. In Cedartown, that flow is established at 3,500 gallons per minute.
The inspection also measures how emergency communications are handled, available water supply and flow testing of hydrants along with department staffing, equipment and community risk reductions
Providing local entrepreneurs with tools for success will be the highlight of two free business workshops planned during the month of March. The workshops, sponsored by the City of Cedartown, in strategic partnership with Georgia Northwestern Technical College, are planned for March 11 at 5:30 p.m. and March 21 at 8:30 a.m. Both will take place at Cedartown City Hall at 201 East Ave.
Called “Cedartown Biz Builders,” the idea of offering the workshops stemmed from the recent Georgia Downtown Renaissance Strategic Visioning Plan.
“During those planning sessions, many residents and business owners agreed that equipping our current and future entrepreneurs with the right tools is very important. We have local business owners here that started out in cramped home offices, one even started in the back of their car, and they have gone on to build flourishing businesses right here in Cedartown,” said workshop organizer Britt Madden Jr. “We want folks to be able to learn from their hometown resources — from those that have ‘been there, done that.’ We feel that offering these workshops is a way to help local businesses beef up their toolbox and build up their success.”
The 2013-2014 CHS basketball season officially came to a close Monday night as the Cedartown Lady Dogs were defeated by the River Ridge Knights. The Lady Dogs put up a valiant effort but a turnover plagued first period would prove to be too much to overcome. The Lady Dogs were defeated by a final score of 65-35. The Lady Dogs finished the year with 9 wins which is a big improvement from the previous season when the squad finished with just 2 wins. CHS Baseball will now kick into action with the Bulldogs hosting the Coosa Eagles for the first game of the 2014 season on Wednesday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 and myself along with Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome will bring you live pitch by pitch action of Wednesday afternoon’s season opener.
A Polk County man charged with murder is officially back in Polk County after being arrested by U.S. Marshalls out of state. Curtis Todd Kuhn age 33 of a Carrollton address was brought back to Polk County where he will face murder charges in the death of a retired Cobb County Police Officer. Kuhn is accused of shooting his step-father Robert Donald May back in September at May’s home on Parish Road. Kuhn is being charged with aggravated assault and murder under the Family Violence Act as well as felony murder and first degree cruelty to children. Kuhn was booked in the Polk County jail back on February 8th .