According to the National Weather Service, Cedartown and much of the Northwest Georgia area received nearly 4 inches of rain between Sunday night and Monday night. Many of the common flooding areas in Cedartown were once again flooded with water from sources such as the Big Springs and Big Cedar Creek. Rain showers pushed the waters of the Big Spring beyond its banks and flooded back yards along Biggers Drive from Furnace Street back to the girls Softball field behind the old Purks Middle School. Rockmart also had flooding in their park in downtown. Tuesday’s forecast has no indication of any showers, however some clouds may stick around throughout part of the day.
The Cedartown Bulldogs completed their second straight series sweep on Saturday when they knocked off the Gilmer County Bobcats by a final score of 14-4. The Bulldogs recently swept the Pickens County Dragons last week which combined with their wins against Gilmer County improves their region record to 7-2 with an overall record of 15-4. Cedartown’s only two region losses came at the hands of the River Ridge Knights. The Dogs will celebrate senior night on Friday April 11th when they will host the Pepperell Dragons. Cedartown’s next region game will be on April 15th when the Dogs will travel to Cass High School.
One of Cedartown’s outstanding young athletes is now receiving national attention and in a big way. The National Sports Report recently released their annual rankings of athletes in the United States. Cedartown native Harlem Diamond has been ranked as the Number 1 athlete in America for football players under the age of nine. Diamond’s most recent football season saw him play on an undefeated Cedartown team. Diamond has scored 163 touchdowns in just four years of recreational football which averages to around 40 trips to the end zone every year. Diamond also picked up 12 tackles on the defensive side of the ball this past year.
Former Cedartown High School standout football player Joey King will be the new head football coach at nearby Cartersville High School. King is leaving his job as the offensive coordinator for the Carrolton High School Trojans. King has been a member of the Trojan coaching staff for the past six years. The Trojans made two trips to the state championship game while King was on staff. King will replace an eighteen year coaching veteran Frank Barden who is leaving Cartersville to be the head coach in Stephens County. King graduated from CHS in 2001 and then went on to play football at Carson-Newman.
Gov. Nathan Deal today signed into law HB 348, legislation that creates a new tax credit for Georgians who choose to purchase and operate alternative fuel trucks or buses.
“The vitality of Georgia’s transportation system is essential to our economy, our environment and the consistent flow of goods, services and people throughout the state,” Deal said. “Alternative fuel vehicles, especially trucks, help companies cleanly and efficiently transport their products, increasing our prominence around the world as a go-to location for business.”
The vehicle must be classified as heavy-duty or medium-duty and operate on electricity, liquid petroleum gas, natural gas or hydrogen fuel. The vehicle must also accumulate at least 75 percent of its mileage in Georgia each year and must be registered in Georgia for no less than five years. A Georgia taxpayer can claim the credit for the purchase of a qualified vehicle on or after July 1, 2015, and before June 30, 2017.
“We are very pleased that Governor Deal signed HB 348, the tax credit for alternative fuel commercial vehicles,” said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “This legislation underscores the importance of sustainability for our region and for the entire state. The tax credits will help improve our air quality, drive innovation and support the development of natural gas-based vehicles.”
The tax credits are limited to $2.5 million in each fiscal year beginning with FY 2016 and ending with FY 2017, and will be administered through an application process with the Department of Revenue.
An owner of a home burned on Mountain Home Road will not have charges filed against him after setting the home on fire Friday evening. According to reports Polk County Firefighters and Polk County PD were called to a reported house fire in the 2600 block of Mountain Home Road Friday evening and when they arrived the found an unusual situation. The owner of the home was sitting on the porch of his current home watching the single wide trailer burn. The home owner admitted to officials to setting the home on fire and did not realize what he had done was illegal. Polk County Fire Chief Randy Lacey stated the man would not have any charges filed against him since there was no insurance policy current on the trailer.
Training center to create skilled workforce for Baxter International Inc., support new Georgia companies
Gov. Nathan Deal today broke ground for the Georgia BioScience Training Center, which will support training for Baxter International Inc. employees and for new companies in the life sciences industry that choose to locate in Georgia. The training center is located east of Atlanta across from Baxter’s $1 billion biomanufacturing plant.
“This training facility represents not only our commitment to supporting Baxter’s needs, but also our commitment to growing the life sciences industry in Georgia,” said Deal. “It’s projects like these that have made, and will continue to make, Georgia the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business.”
At the groundbreaking, Deal was joined by Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr, Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson and Vice President and Program Executive of Baxter International Brien Johnson.
“This Georgia BioScience Training Center will give us one of the most effective tools we can have in economic development to recruit more life science and health IT companies to Georgia,” said Carr. “The facility is designated solely to providing customized workforce training as an incentive to attract new biotech jobs to Georgia.”
The Georgia BioScience Training Center was designed by Cooper Carry and will be built by the Whiting-Turner construction company. Georgia Quick Start, a division within the Technical College System of Georgia, will operate the 52,000-square-foot facility. At the training center, Georgia Quick Start will provide customized workforce training for Baxter.
“Preparing the workforce for the sophisticated, biological manufacturing processes involved in producing today’s therapies is a great challenge,” said Jackson. “These treatments save and benefit the lives of patients every day, and the training delivered at this center will support Baxter’s overall ability to serve patients.”
PURE FLIX FILM “GOD’S NOT DEAD” #1 CHRISTIAN MOVIE IN AMERICA WITH A $9.2 MILLION OPENING WEEKEND; EXPANDING TO MORE THEATERS IN SECOND WEEK –
You may have heard God’s Not Dead was an incredible success this last opening weekend. It wouldn’t be possible without you, our fans, so we want to say a BIG Thank You!! Here’s just some of the press coverage we’ve gotten below:
Breitbart: “God’s Not Dead didn’t have a massive marketing budget, a liberal A-list star above the title or even the same number of screens most mainstream movies receive.
The film is still on pace to snare the fourth spot in the weekend’s box office chart in a very competitive frame.
What it had in its corner–a popular actor known for his work on TV’s Hercules, the presence of one of Duck Dynasty’s key stars and an unabashedly pro-faith message.”
LA Times: ”The religious drama ‘God’s Not Dead’ surprises at box office. It’s shaping up to be a year in which Hollywood finds religion, and the latest example, “God’s Not Dead,” a small Christian-themed drama, delivered that message powerfully at the box office.
The film, which opened on just 780 screens nationwide, took in more than $2.8 million Friday. It’s likely to be the No. 3 movie for the weekend, behind the bigger-budget, wider-released “Divergent” and “Muppets Most Wanted.”
Huffington Post: “God’s Not Dead Keeps Its Message Alive”
“God’s Not Dead is not a movie that will appeal to everyone. It is definitely aimed at Christian believers. Still the dramatic context of the script and the talent of the cast could make it entertaining for anyone.”
Variety: ’Divergent’ Dominates With $22.8 Million Friday, ‘God’s Not Dead’ Surprises at No. 3 ”Despite “Divergent”s box office domination, the surprise winner this weekend is “God’s Not Dead.” The low-budget faith-based film earned $2.8 million on Friday at 780 locations, putting it on track for an $8.5 million weekend. With a per-screen average of $3,590, the pic, which includes cameos from “Duck Dynasty’s” Willie and Korie Robertson, clearly appeals to underserved faith-based audiences.”
USA Today: “The biggest surprise of the weekend was God’s Not Dead, the independent religious film released on only 780 screens. The movie, starring Kevin Sorbo in the tale of a college freshman wrangling with faith, did $8.6 million, taking fifth place.”
New York Times: “In a fifth-place surprise, the low-budget religious film “God’s Not Dead” (Freestyle) took in an astounding $8.6 million in relatively limited release.”
The Christian Science Monitor: ”This weekend, the little-known and small-budget “God’s Not Dead,” a narrative about a Christian college student who must defend his faith in front of an aggressive philosophy professor who makes each of his students sign a pledge affirming that God does not exist, took in more than $8.5 million Friday through Sunday – a surprising fifth-place in this weekend’s box office numbers.
Even more startling, say observers, is the fact that the movie, aimed toward Evangelical Christians, was shown in only 780 theaters – far fewer than those ahead of it, each of which were showing on more than 3,000 screens.”
“It’s shaping up to be a year in which Hollywood finds religion, and GOD’S NOT DEAD delivered that message powerfully.” ~SUSAN KING, LOS ANGELES TIMES
“GOD’S NOT DEAD is a box-office winner.” ~USA Today
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (March 24, 2014) – Pure Flix announced today that their film GOD’S NOT DEAD opened with a stellar per screen average of nearly $12,000 and ranked #4 of all movies released the weekend ending March 23, 2014. Amid a flood of other faith-based movies, GOD’S NOT DEAD’s per screen average is an all-time high for wide release Christian films.
Only showing on 780 screens in its debut weekend among many other releases on over 3,000 screens, GOD’S NOT DEAD outperformed virtually all movies on a per screen average basis and was sold out in many locations prompting theaters to add additional show times and larger rooms. Pure Flix and Freestyle Releasing are adding hundreds of runs for the second week, bringing the total number of theaters to approximately 1,000.
“Demand for GOD’S NOT DEAD in the faith-based community has been significant because the message is culturally relevant to millions of Americans,” said David A.R. White, Managing Partner of Pure Flix and an actor in the film playing Reverend Dave. “As Variety noted this weekend, GOD’S NOT DEAD is providing content for a much underserved audience and Pure Flix exists to help fill that void.”
Termed the “biggest surprise” of the weekend by Entertainment Weekly and the “biggest shocker” of the weekend by Variety, GOD’S NOT DEAD’s success did not surprise Pure Flix.
“We’ve seen for months a huge interest among consumers in GOD’S NOT DEAD, evidenced by our massive social media fan base which has over 1 million followers on Facebook,” said Michael Scott, Managing Partner of Pure Flix. “Our grassroots marketing efforts encompassing the church, social media, events and publicity were laser focused on our core market. That focus, coupled with the overt faith-based message of this film, contributed to its success.”
Pure Flix began with the end in mind. “We developed the script then commissioned a book by the same title with the arguments presented in the movie to debut a year ahead of the film. We felt the Newsboys’ popular song ‘God’s Not Dead’ was the perfect title and incorporated them as well as Willie and Korie Robertson of Duck Commander and fan favorite Kevin Sorbo (HERCULES, SOUL SURFER) into the script,” said Russell Wolfe, Managing Partner of Pure Flix. “Our team worked hard to activate the faith- based audience and we poured everything we had into making GOD’S NOT DEAD a film the audience could rally around. We’re thrilled to see how a lot of prayer and hard work are affecting lives around the nation.”
About Pure Flix:
Pure Flix, based in Scottsdale, AZ, is the largest Christian film studio in the world and has produced, acquired, marketed, and distributed nearly 100 faith and family- friendly properties. With a mission to transform culture through values-based entertainment, Pure Flix is an industry leader in creating high quality Christian feature film content. www.pureflix.com
Gov. Deal announced today that Bainbridge Manufacturing LLC, a privately held automotive manufacturer, will invest $10 million into a new headquarters in Decatur County. The project will create 100 jobs in the first year, with a total of 240 jobs and $100 million investment over the next 10 years.
“Bainbridge Manufacturing’s dedication to the community and research and development speaks volumes not just for the future of Bainbridge, but for Georgia’s manufacturing industry as a whole,” said Deal. “I have no doubt that our excellent ports coupled with our No. 1 business climate will help Bainbridge Manufacturing better reach customers across the globe.”
The company will add an additional 1.6 million square feet to the existing 180,000-square-foot facility that is located at the end of Decatur County Industrial park. Upon completion, the headquarters will become the primary manufacturing center for the company. As the company relocates equipment from other facilities, the Bainbridge location will begin making filters, expansion vales, blower motors, driers, hoses, seals and cooling fans.
“We believe the best investment we can make is in the community. The resources and potential in Bainbridge are limitless. This, combined with the pro-business climate in Georgia, creates a formula for success. We look forward to the opportunities that these endeavors will provide,” said Abraham Levy, CEO, Bainbridge Manufacturing LLC.
Exporting to more than 37 countries around the globe, the facility will manufacture large heat condensers and smaller automotive heat condensers. In addition, the company will also establish one of the most advanced research and development centers in the industry and will create a 2015 summer internship program for highly motivated high school students to be exposed to robotics and product development. Bainbridge Manufacturing LLC supplies major automotive manufacturers such as Nissan, Toyota, Fiat, GM, CAT and John Deere.
“When companies such as Bainbridge Manufacturing LLC sell to multiple countries, their global diversity enables them to better withstand potential changes in a single market. Additionally, there is the potential for more jobs to be created or retained through companies that help get products overseas,” said Kathe Falls, International Trade Division director for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “We look forward to assisting this innovative company in reaching its export goals through its new headquarters in our state.”
Bill Dobbs, director of the Aerospace, Defense and Advanced Manufacturing team at the Georgia Department of Economic Development worked closely with the Development Authority of Bainbridge and Decatur County in assisting the company.
“We are thrilled that Bainbridge Manufacturing has chosen Decatur County for its new headquarters,” said Rick McCaskill, executive director, Bainbridge-Decatur County Development Authority. “The research and development sector of the manufacturing industry is something new to our community, and we are very excited about the company’s plans for the future of our workforce.”
“With this new headquarters, it’s clear that Georgia is the ideal location for companies looking to innovate and grow their global presence,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “Bainbridge Manufacturing LLC will greatly benefit from the high-caliber talent that exists within our state. Georgia’s skilled workforce, along with a solid logistics infrastructure, continues to be a critical factor for companies that are looking to grow. It’s clear that Bainbridge Manufacturing has found the support it needs here in Georgia.”