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.
Cedartown Lady Dogs and Bulldogs will hit the hard woods prior to returning to school as they will play host to the Gilmer County Bobcats Friday night. Cedartown is coming off loses in the Rome New Tournament which was played in mid December. Junior Varsity games will begin at 5:30pm while tip off for the Lady Dogs is scheduled for 7:00pm with the boy’ game to follow. The Big AA will bring you all the live play by play action of Friday night hoops from Cedartown High School.
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.
By: Senator Bill Heath (R-Bremen)
After the Bremen First Baptist Church Christmas Musical on December 9th, our pastor, Herman Parker made the following remarks. I was immediately compelled to share his words with you. Maybe this will help you keep the true purpose of the Christmas season in mind.
“In 2 Corinthians chapter 9, the apostle Paul was talking about the grace of giving. The last verse of that chapter says, “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” The month of December is a month of giving. More gifts will be exchanged this month than at any other time of the year. It is a wonderful thing to be able to give. The bible says it is more blessed to give than to receive.
But, I want to say just a word about that unspeakable gift that God gave. His motive was pure. Sometimes we give gifts with the wrong motive. We give out of obligation or of necessity or maybe for expediency. We may not want to give the boss a gift, but we feel like we have to. We may not want to give our friend a gift but they gave us a gift last year. It may be to my advantage to give, so I give to get. Our motives are not always pure when we give.
But, when God gives, his motive is always pure. The Bible says that God so loved the world that he gave. He didn’t have to give. Nobody made him give. He was under no obligation to give. He gave because he wanted to. He wanted to give because he loves. His motive is pure. His gift is priceless. Sometimes we give inexpensive gifts; sometimes we give gifts that are quite expensive. But no gift has ever cost anybody as much as the gift that God gave. You see the Bible says that He has given to us eternal life. The wages of sin is death, the apostle said. But, the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Lord himself said, “I know my sheep and they hear my voice and they follow me and I give unto them eternal life, they will never perish.” But that gift of salvation, that gift of abundant life, that gift of triumphant life, that gift of eternal life, did not come cheaply. God gave his son, and our choir has sung about that. He came as a baby. He grew up into manhood, living a perfect life, never committing a single act of sin, no evil thought, no evil word, no evil step, no evil deed, his life was impeccable. It was perfect in every way. And yet God gave him to this world to die. And he died on a cruel cross. He died not because of any wrongs he had done. But you see, for God to give us eternal life and salvation, somebody had to pay for our sin.
Our God is a holy God. In fact, He is so holy that His justice must be inflexible. And inflexible justice says that no sin can go unpunished. God cannot allow any sin to go un-judged. All sin must be punished. If God excused one sin, if He overlooked one sin, if He ignored one sin it would do violence to His holy character. He said all sin must be judged. So either we had to be judged for our sins or somebody who had never sinned could be judged for our sins. That is why Jesus died. He who knew no sin became sin for us and died in our place.
What a price the gift cost God. The need for that gift is universal. We all need it. I need it, you need it. For the Bible says we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. And unless you receive that gift from Him you cannot be forgiven your sin. You cannot go to heaven without receiving the gift of salvation – the gift of eternal life.
How do I do that? Well, the Bible says eternal life is through Jesus Christ our Lord. You can’t separate eternal life from him. You have to receive Him to receive eternal life. You do that by confessing that you are a sinner. Lord, I know I have sinned; I have come short of your glory. You must also acknowledge that Jesus died on the cross for your sin, He was raised from the grave to live forever more and he stands as undisputed Lord. How do I receive the gift of salvation? By repenting of my sin, and by faith, trusting what He did at the cross and inviting Him to be Lord of my life.”
If you haven’t received the unspeakable gift, I pray that you receive it this Christmas.
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.
Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that the Global Commerce Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development produced a 10 percent increase in job creation during the state’s most recent fiscal year. Statistics from the department show its 389 company expansion or location announcements generated 31,656 jobs and $6.07 billion in investment. These statistics indicate a continued trend of growth since the state’s 2009 fiscal year.
“These outstanding results indicate that Georgia is already perceived by companies large and small as the No. 1 place for business,” said Deal. “But we will not rest on those laurels. We will continue to cultivate a healthy, resourceful business environment that will attract the corporate expansion activity so important to providing greater opportunities for our citizens.”
The increase in jobs and investment during fiscal year 2013 came about despite a slight (6 percent) dip in the number of projects worked by GDEcD’s Global Commerce Division, and despite the challenge of overcoming high FY12 numbers impacted by large job and investment numbers announced that year by Caterpillar and Baxter.
Of the total projects, 66 percent were the expansion of existing businesses that have had major investment or job creation in Georgia and 34 percent of the projects were from companies investing in Georgia for the first time.
A quarter of the new locations were by international companies establishing regional or hemispherical operations in Georgia. These international companies represented 1,187 jobs and $294 million in investment capital. Expansions of existing Georgia industries created 16,969 jobs, 54 percent of the total job creation and $4.34 billion in investment — almost three quarters of the total fiscal year investment.
The statistics reflect the department’s mission of creating jobs and investment throughout the state. More than half (18,065) of the jobs created and more than three quarters ($4.6 billion) of the state’s investment were generated outside of metro Atlanta. This job and investment creation represented 265 projects (68 percent) of the department’s announcements for the 2013 fiscal year.
“The previous fiscal year included several enormous projects, including Caterpillar and Baxter, that set a very high bar for the department,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “I’m proud that the hard work by our entire team, in collaboration with our many partners, enabled us to surpass that benchmark with even more job creation and investment.”
The Global Commerce Division also contributed to the growth and development of Georgia’s small businesses and entrepreneur-led ventures. The Entrepreneur and Small Business Office served 1,138 startups and small businesses, while 60 percent of the 1,050 companies served by the Existing Industry Team had fewer than 100 employees.
The International Trade Division of GDEcD also experienced a record fiscal year by serving 21 percent more companies than in the previous fiscal year, totaling 1,346 companies. The Trade Division assisted companies in most Georgia counties, resulting in 420 deals that were valued at more than $35 million in FY13, a 35 percent increase over the previous fiscal year.
Georgia’s global outreach continued in FY13. Deal led business missions to countries including Canada, Switzerland, the Netherlands, China, Japan and France. On these missions he called on potential investors, introduced Georgia as an ideal source for quality products and services, highlighted tourism opportunities and raised the overall profile of the state. The agency also undertook trade missions to Chile, South Africa, Singapore, Korea and Taiwan, all targeted toward increasing trade opportunities for the state and leveraging the state’s international representatives, located in 10 strategic regions of the world. In addition, GDEcD welcomed 41 delegations of business and government leaders from at least 35 countries during the 2013 fiscal year.
In addition to having a record year generating jobs and investment, GDEcD received numerous national awards for its work during FY13, including a 2013 Gold Shovel award from Area Development magazine. The Gold Shovel honor showcases state economic agencies that create significant jobs through innovative policies, infrastructure improvements, processes and promotional activities that attract new employers and investments to the state. Site Selection named the Baxter and Caterpillar projects among the top North American deals of 2012. The Baxter project was also named the 2012 Economic Development Project of the Year by both Area Development and Business Facilities, and was a recipient of a 2013 CiCi Corporate Investment award from Trade & Industry Development. The Caterpillar project took home a Cici Community Impact award, also from Trade & Industry Development.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drive the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspire tourists to visit Georgia, and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects. Visit www.georgia.org.
Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia was selected as a winner in the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge. The state is projected to receive more than $50 million to implement its plan over four years.
“Increasing the percentage of Georgia students reading on grade level by the completion of third grade has been a top priority of my administration,” said Deal. “With this strategic investment in our state’s work, we will be able to ensure that more of our youngest students are positioned to meet this critical benchmark and thus improve our long-term economic competitiveness.”
The Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant (RTT-ELC) competition provides funding for states to create a four-year early learning agenda that builds upon and strengthens their current early learning and development systems. Georgia’s application focused on strengthening the state’s 20-year commitment to high-quality early learning. The projects proposed in the grant address all elements of the state’s system, with a focus on meeting Deal’s goal of all children in Georgia reading on grade level by third grade, thereby moving the needle in preparing Georgia’s youngest learners for school, for the workforce and for life.
“Georgia’s plan for high-quality early education was created by hundreds of stakeholders across Georgia over the past three years,” said Bobby Cagle, commissioner of Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). “We look forward to making the work of these stakeholders a reality and maximizing the return on this substantial investment in our state’s youngest learners.”
DECAL submitted the application, which encompassed four broad strategies:
1) Increasing Effectiveness: focus on increasing the quality of early education across the state and ensuring that parents have access to higher quality programs.
2) Workforce Development: create and expand educational opportunities and incentives for Georgia’s early care and education workforce.
3) Alignment: align many of Georgia’s early education initiatives and create geographical service areas to better serve all Georgians across the state.
4) Accountability: ensure the state can prove the effectiveness of investments in early childhood education through improved student outcomes.
“Georgia’s leaders understand that it is easier and much more cost effective to ‘get it right’ at the beginning of the education continuum than to help students ‘catch up’ through remediation in the middle or at the end of their academic careers,” said Paul Bowers, President and CEO of Georgia Power Co, which submitted a letter in support of the grant. “Georgia’s win in the Early Learning Challenge is also a win for Georgia’s economic development and the thousands of businesses in our state looking for a qualified and effective workforce.”