The Cedartown City Commission recently heard a proposal from Inman Solar to build 5 acres worth of solar panels on a piece of property located on 6th street. If the proposal is approved by the city commission it would bring in $15,000 a year for 20 years which would equal out to $300,000. The money would be used for the Cedartown Development Authority if the proposal moves forward. Inman Solar constructs and operates solar sites around the state and currently operates solar sights in Cedartown’s North Business Park, as well as locations in Rockmart and Aragon. City Commissioners heard the proposal at their February work session meeting and decided to move forward with the letter of intent. No other action has been taken by the City Commission at this time.
17 year old Eddie Clark will be spending at least the next 50 years behind bars after entering a guilty plea in Polk Superior Court Thursday afternoon. Clark was charged in the 2012 stabbing of Elizabeth Hutcheson, a pizza delivery worker who was delivering a pizza to the home of Clark’s accomplice Cadedra Cook. Clark and Cook stabbed and beat Hutcheson to death and then stole Hutcheson’s money and attempted to escape police custody. Clark was sentenced to life in prison and cannot seek parole until he has served at least 50 years after pleading guilty to felony murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and obstruction. The death penalty was not an option for prosecutors due to Clark’s age. Cook is already serving time after pleading guilty in the case last year
ATLANTA (February 6, 2014) | Sen. Bill Heath (R-Bremen) and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle welcomed Rev. Tony Samples, pastor of Pickett’s Mill Baptist Church, to serve as Chaplain of the Day on Wednesday, February 6, 2014, in Georgia State Senate.
“I was thrilled to have my good friend serve as Chaplain of the Day today in the Georgia State Senate,” said Sen. Heath. “He reminded us of the story of the Good Samaritan and spoke to us about the importance of connecting with people and making a positive difference in the lives of others.”
“Today, we welcomed Rev. Tony Samples to the Senate as he inspired each of us with a stirring devotional and prayer,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. “As public servants, we should strive not only to hear the word of the Lord at the beginning of each Senate gathering, but to put it in practice with the decisions we make. We are blessed to have wonderful clergy leaders like Rev. Samples and I thank him for the inspirational message.”
Rev. Samples was born and raised in Bremen, Georgia. He has been married to the love of his life, Cheryl Samples, for 26 years and they have two children; Zack and Bree. Rev. Samples has been preaching for 39 years and is the founding Pastor of Pickett’s Mill Baptist Church and has served there 22 years.
Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia’s net tax collections for the month of January totaled almost $1.81 billion for an increase of $76.25 million, or 4.4 percent, compared to the month-ended January 2013. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $10.9 billion for an increase of nearly $518.5 million, or 5 percent, compared to the same point last year.
Changes within the following major tax categories explain the net tax revenue in January:
Individual Income Tax: Individual Income Tax collections for January totaled $1.07 billion — up from nearly $1.025 billion in January 2013, for an increase of $45 million, or 4.4 percent.
The following notable components within Individual Income Tax combine for the net increase:
• Individual Withholding payments for January were up $46 million, or 5.6 percent
• Individual Income Tax refunds issued (net of voided checks) were down $10.75 million, or -36.8 percent
• All other Individual Tax categories including Return and Estimated payments were down $11.75 million
Sales and Use Tax: Gross Sales Tax collections declined $32.75 million, or -3.4 percent, on account of legislation that replaced the traditional automobile Sales Tax with a one-time Title Tax, while net Sales & Use Tax collections for January decreased $20 million, or -3.9 percent — down from $518.75 million in January 2013 to nearly $498.75 million this year. Lastly, refunds were down $12.25 million while the adjusted distribution to local governments totaled $443.75 million, a slight decrease of $0.5 million compared to FY 2013.
Corporate Income Tax: Corporate Income Tax collections for January decreased approximately $6.75 million, or -32.8 percent, compared to FY 2013, when Corporate Tax revenues totaled $20.75 million.
The following notable components within Corporate Income Tax make up the net decrease:
• Corporate Tax refunds issued (net of voided checks) were up nearly $1.4 million, or 8.5 percent
• Corporate Income Tax Return payments were down $1.7 million, or -41.6 percent
• All other Corporate Tax categories, including S-Corp and Net Worth payments, decreased by $3.7 million
Motor Vehicle Tag & Title Fees: Fee collections for January totaled $85.25 million, which was roughly $56.75 million higher than the previous year before the implementation of HB 266
The northbound lane of Main Street at Marietta Street will be closed to traffic for a few hours today as improvement work is performed on a nearby water line.
The water line improvements are part of a Community Development Block Grant, explained Kelvin Garmon, City Water and Maintenance Superintendent, and will be beneficial for residents. “The work we will be doing will improve water pressure and also set the stage for better resources for city fire protection,” he said.
Different sections of Main Street have been closed over the last few weeks. Today, Garmon was happy to report that this will be the last closure affecting Main Street as part of this improvement project. “We appreciate everyone working with us, re-routing and understanding,” Garmon said.
Gov. Nathan Deal today announced seven winners in Round Three of the Innovation in Teaching Competition, a recognition and reward opportunity for teachers who demonstrate innovative teaching strategies for the Georgia standards in English/Language Arts and Mathematics. The competition is available through Georgia’s Innovation Fund, a competitive grant program.
Each teacher will receive a $2,000 stipend, and each teacher’s school will receive a $5,000 grant for implementation of Georgia’s instructional standards. In addition, Georgia Public Broadcasting will film the winning educators teaching in their classrooms during winter and spring 2014, as well as interview them about how they prepared the featured units. The videos, along with the educators’ supplementary materials, will be made available to other educators, parents, institutions of higher education and other stakeholders through the state’s longitudinal data system and other media.
Deal will announce Round Four of the Innovation in Teaching Competition this spring.
The seven winners in Round Three, along with the grade level and subject area of each winning unit, are listed below:
Eighth Grade, English Language Arts
Creekland Middle School
Cherokee County Schools
First Grade, English Language Arts
Sarah Mills Hodge Elementary School
Chatham County Schools
Third Grade, English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies
Holsenbeck Elementary School
Barrow County Schools
Sixth Grade, English Language Arts
River Trail Middle School
Fulton County Schools
Kindergarten, English Language Arts and Science
Sugar Hill Elementary
Hall County Schools
Fifth Grade, Mathematics
Avery Elementary School
Cherokee County Schools
Ninth-Twelfth Grades, Mathematics
Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy
Floyd County Schools
Round One winners included Charles Trader (St. Mary’s Middle School in Camden County), Amanda Cavin (Unity Grove Elementary School in Henry County), and Sarah Welch (Fannin County High School). Round Two winners included Deborah Goodman (Shallowford Falls Elementary School in Cobb County), and Tara Dougherty (Kingsley Charter Elementary School in DeKalb County).
Principals, assistant principals, instructional coaches, district staff representing schools around the state, as well as GaDOE Teacher and Leader Effectiveness, School Improvement and Curriculum staff, nominated teachers for Round Three of the Innovation in Teaching Competition this winter. Based on those nominations, the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) invited select teachers to submit a unit plan demonstrating innovative and effective strategies to teach reading, English language arts and/or mathematics and a two-minute video describing their qualifications for the prize.
Gov. Nathan Deal today announced immediate reforms for how the state communicates with Georgians when under a winter storm warning; he also named the Governor’s Severe Winter Weather Warning and Preparedness Task Force, which will advise on implementation of reforms and suggest short-term and long-term solutions.
“Effective immediately, a storm warning will trigger a message to cell phones in targeted areas, as in the Amber Alert system, and advise against road travel,” said Deal. “We will go one step further with school superintendents by emailing them weather condition updates, so that they have the most up-to-date information when determining whether to close schools.
“We will overhaul the state emergency app with shelter information, alternative transportation routes and other emergency-related information. Lastly, as storms approach, I have ordered Georgia Emergency Management Agency to consult with local meteorologists on current weather modeling and predictions.
“We made reforms after the 2011 storm on how we treat our roads, and because of that, we have more road treatment facilities located in more critical areas. All the equipment and the all supplies in the world won’t help if the trucks can’t get on the roads. We’ve got to communicate quicker and more effectively on the front end to keep as many vehicles off the road as possible.”
The preparedness task force will meet in an open forum setting and deliver preparedness recommendations to Deal in a timely manner. It will convene as early as schedules will allow and issue a report within 60 days. An internal review by agency heads involved in emergency response will yield a report and action plan to the governor within 10 days.
The task force members are listed below:
Bart Gobeil (Chair)
|Governor’s Office||Chief Operating Officer|
|Charley English||GA Emergency Management Agency||Executive Director|
|Keith Golden||Dept. of Transportation||Commissioner|
|Mark Williams||Dept. of Natural Resources||Commissioner|
|Mark McDonough||Dept. of Public Safety||Commissioner|
|Jim Butterworth||Dept. of Defense||Major General|
|Jannine Miller||GA Regional Transportation Authority||Executive Director|
|Chris Tomlinson||State Road and Tollway Authority||Executive Director|
|Glenn Burns||WSB||Chief Meteorologist|
|Markina Brown||CBS||Chief Meteorologist|
|Ken Cook||Fox 5||Chief Meteorologist|
|Chesley McNeil||11 Alive||Meteorologist|
|Robert Avossa||Fulton County Schools||Superintendent|
|Emily Lembeck||Marietta City Schools||Superintendent|
|Michael Thurmond||DeKalb County Schools||Superintendent|
|Keith Parker||MARTA||General Manager/CEO|
|Ed Crowell||Georgia Motor Trucking||President and CEO|
|Jeffrey Parker||HNTB Corp.; former Connecticut DOT commissioner||Vice President|
|Anthony Wilson||Georgia Power||Executive VP, Customer Service and Operations|
|Jerry Donovan||Georgia Transmission Corporation||President and CEO|
|Hala Moddelmog||Metro Atlanta Chamber||President|
|Gil West||Delta||Senior VP, Airport Customer Service and TechOps|
|Steve Thompson||GA State Senate||District 33|
|Steve Gooch||GA State Senate||District 51|
|Jay Roberts||GA House of Representatives||District 155|
|Mike Glanton||GA House of Representatives||District 75|
|Kelvin Cochran||City of Atlanta||Fire Chief|
|George Turner||Atlanta Police Department||Chief of Police|
|Awaiting Confirmation||National Weather Service|
|Awaiting Confirmation||Verizon Wireless|
|Awaiting Confirmation||Metro Atlanta Municipality|
State Patrol will begin towing abandoned cars on interstates at 9
- Gov. Nathan Deal today extended the state of emergency for two additional days, through Sunday night, to assure that all necessary resources are available for state agencies and local governments to clear roads and all other winter storm-related obstacles.
- The State Patrol will begin at 9 tonight to tow vehicles left in areas where they are posing a public safety hazard; this applies only to the interstates. The state will cover the cost of towing – but ONLY in cases where the towing was directed by the state. Abandoned cars deemed to not pose a safety risk will remain for owner pickup through Sunday night.
- Gov. Deal has directed state government employees to report to their workplaces at regular hours tomorrow, unless doing so puts them in harm’s way. Employees who think it’s not safe to travel from their location need to contact their supervisor.
It is officially day 3 of winter storm Leon and the people of Polk County are still dealing with the effects. Some road ways in Cedartown have begun to clear, however many of these roadways are still covered in ice. Cedartown road crews were able to open the viaduct on East Avenue, however the bridge on College Street is still closed. John Hand Road between John Phillips Road and Lake View Drive remains closed and the intersection of College Drive and Cherokee Road is still posing a problem for motorist. Cedatown city offices will re-open today at 12:00, however many businesses are remaining closed. No decision on Polk County Schools has been given yet for Friday. With the freezing temperatures the dangers of freezing water pipes becomes an issue once again for Polk County. Residents are reminded to take precautions against freezing pipes until the temperatures reach above freezing.
The Cedartown Bulldogs and Lady Dogs are set to do battle Saturday afternoon at Cedartown High School. CHS is set to play host to Gordon Central High School in their annual Breast Cancer Awareness game. Cedartown’s game that was scheduled for Tuesday against Cass High School was canceled and rescheduled for February 5th. Cedartown is also scheduled to have a game Friday night, January 31st on the road at River Ridge High School. A decision on Friday night’s game has not been made at this time. Tip off for Saturday’s home game is set for 4:00pm for the Lady Dogs, with the boys game to follow.