Local attorney Chuck Morris recently announced several endorsements by local attorneys in his bid for Judge of Superior Court for the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit. Attorneys endorsing Morris include Daniel B. Simon, III of Rockmart, Wright Gammon, Brad McFall, Bryan Villarreal, George E. Mundy, Benjamin C. Burch, J. Steve Astin, Michael D. McRae, Jule W. Peek, Jr., Robert T. Monroe, Carey R. Pilgrim, William L. Lundy, Jr., Richard J. Lundy and John A. Mays, Jr. all of Cedartown as well as Stephen Garner of Breman, Nicholas J. Rego of Tallapoosa and William E. Cetti of Taylorsville. Morris stated in his release “It is truly an honor to receive the endorsement and support of my peers. I am truly humbled that so many local attorneys are supporting me in my campaign.” Morris is a partner at the law firm of Parker and Lundy here in Cedartown as well an Associate Judge for the Juvenile Courts of Polk and Haralson Counties. Morris announced his candidacy after Judge Richard Sutton announced he would retire at the end of this year. The election for Superior Court Judge is a non-partisan election and will be held on May 20th with early voting beginning on April 28th.
Cedartown and Polk County fire crews responded to a report of a man being trapped inside of an overturned tractor Monday afternoon. Crews responded to Fire Tower Road near Treat Mountain Road to the overturned tractor where the driver was trapped, but uninjured. Crews extricated the driver shortly after arriving on scene.
Gov. Nathan Deal has delayed the opening of state government until 10 a.m. tomorrow, giving agency heads the discretion to close offices in areas with significant power outages and allowing employees to telework where their commute is dangerous.
Earlier today, Deal extended the state of emergency for three 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.
Deal spoke this afternoon with the secretary of U.S. Homeland Security and the FEMA administrator to thank them for their ongoing cooperation with the state of Georgia. GEMA and FEMA have started the process of conducting a joint assessment of the costs associated with the storm to determine if it rises to level needed for federal financial assistance.
What started as snow on Tuesday will hopefully end with snow on Thursday. Winter storm Pax is still effecting the southeast with freezing temperatures and lingering snow in some areas. Cedartown residents woke up to snow and a winter wonderland Thursday morning after Pax dumped snow, freezing rain and ice all over Cedartown. According to reports from Georgia Power residents throughout Polk County went without power. Power outages were reported from Piedmont Hwy. in the west to downtown Cedartown, to Antioch and into Rockmart in the east. Polk County Schools closed their doors for a third straight day due to the conditions of the roadways in Cedartown. Road department crews did attempt to clear some of the major routes in Cedartown. Temperatures are expected to rise to around 40 degrees today which should begin to melt some of the ice and snow away. Some meteorologist however are expecting much of the snow and ice to stick around into Friday when temperatures are expected to reach the 50’s. WGAA will continue to keep you updated on road conditions and closing throughout the area.
The Cedartown Tree Commission along with the Georgia Forestry Commission’s Smokey the Bear will celebrate Arbor Day at Peek’s Park on February 21st. Smokey the Bear will be in park to greet residents and take pictures with kids from 3:00pm until 5:00pm weather permitting. The Tree Commission will be handing out flyers with information on local trees to anyone interested. Arbor Day was started in Nebraska in 1872 with the purpose of planting, protecting and preserving our trees.
Gov. Nathan Deal will chair an Emergency Operations Command meeting in the Capitol at 11 a.m. and will brief the media on updates at a news conference afterward.
11 a.m. briefing: Emergency Operations Command will meet in Room 107 of the Capitol. Media come for first two minutes of meeting. Please gather outside 107.
12:03 news conference: Governor will update media in his office on current conditions and response efforts.
Deal anticipates holding another command briefing at 4 p.m. in 107 with another news conference following if there are developments that merit it.
They Will open their doors tonight at 6:00pm and all day Wednesday for anyone who needs shelter or food. If you need any assistant getting to the church call Pastor Leon Allen 770-361-2813 or the Church at 770-748-7060 or the non emergency number 770-748-3600 .
Gov. Nathan Deal has expanded the state of emergency to include 43 additional counties, bringing the total to 88.
The additional counties are: Baldwin, Bibb, Bleckley, Burke, Butts, Clayton, Columbia, Coweta, Crawford, Emanuel, Fayette, Glascock, Greene, Hancock, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Laurens, McDuffie, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Peach, Pike, Putnam, Richmond, Rockdale, Screven, Spalding, Taliaferro, Treutlen, Troup, Twiggs, Upson, Warren, Washington and Wilkinson counties.
The governor declared a state of emergency in the following counties yesterday: Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Chattooga, Gordon, Floyd, Bartow, Polk, Paulding, Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Barrow, Haralson, Carroll, Douglas, DeKalb, Clarke, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Wilkes, Walton, Rabun, Habersham, Stephens, Franklin, Hart, Madison, Elbert, Lincoln, Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Cherokee, Forsyth, Hall, Banks and Jackson counties.
Deal will expand the order to additional counties as conditions warrant. For the most up-to-date announcements, please follow the governor on Twitter, @GovernorDeal.
Gov. Nathan Deal has signed an executive order to close state government Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the 91 counties under a state of emergency. The order applies to all employees except those involved in the emergency response.
Deal has also added Candler and Bulloch counties to the state of emergency list, bringing the total to 91.
Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that President Obama has declared an emergency in the state of Georgia and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from a severe winter storm beginning on Feb. 10 and continuing.
“On behalf of Georgians, I appreciate the president’s quick response to my request. I asked last night for federal assistance in this storm response,” Deal said. “My primary request to the president was for generators in the case of power outages. The federal declaration makes those available, but it also allows us to ask for other supplies, such as food, blankets and commodities, as needs develop.”
The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the counties of Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Cobb, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Elbert, Fannin, Floyd, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Haralson, Hart, Jackson, Lincoln, Lumpkin, Madison, Murray, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, Walker, Walton, White, Whitfield and Wilkes.
Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.
W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, named W. Michael Moore as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.