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.
Working with school districts across the metro Atlanta area, Gov. Nathan Deal is pleased to announce that all schoolchildren have now been returned safely to their families. Under Deal’s orders, the National Guard and State Patrol have assisted local districts in completing these safe transfers.
“Metro Atlanta’s children are home safe and sound, and I would like to thank all of the dedicated school officials, Guardsmen and law enforcement who worked through the night to reunite worried families,” Deal said. “Yesterday, I ordered the Guard to prioritize stranded school buses full of students. With Humvees, they were able to get the buses moving and deliver food and water to the students. Last night, we had at least 95 immobile buses. We had cleared them all by this morning, and that was a big task. Our next task was getting students home from school, and now we have achieved that.
“As I said this morning, my goal for the day was to get all stranded motorists moving or to a secure location by the end of the day. This afternoon, I joined law enforcement officials on an aerial inspection of our roadways, and we’ve seen tremendous progress with traffic moving steadily throughout the region.
“Even with this progress, work still remains. I encourage people in areas where snow and ice remain to stay off the roads, which state officials are continuing to treat. I have told state employees to not report to their offices tomorrow in an effort to limit traffic. I encourage others to do the same. With rising temperatures, we hope to return to normalcy tomorrow.”
After consultation with GEMA Director Charley English and other state agency heads, Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a state of emergency declaration related to the winter storm for the entire state of Georgia. The governor has delayed the opening of state government until noon tomorrow.
“Many parts of our state have experienced heavy sleet and snowfall, and in the metro areas we’re experiencing traffic jams caused primarily by heavy volume after the quick onset of the winter storm,” Deal said. “Unfortunately, traffic is delaying the ability of crews to treat highways all across the state. I know many people are trying desperately to pick up their children or simply to get home, and I hope they can get to safe, warm stopping point soon. Once at your destination, if at all possible, please stay off the roads until conditions improve. State DOT crews will work around the clock to get roads clear; in addition, the National Guard, the Department of Public Safety and GEMA will work to get the state back to normal as quickly as possible.”
The state of emergency declaration opens up state resources necessary for government response. It also activates the State Emergency Operations Plan, which assigns specific responsibilities to certain agencies.
With inclement weather headed toward Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal today in coordination with Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black signed an executive order prohibiting price gouging for propane. Georgia’s continued period of cold weather has increased the demand for propane, causing a substantial prices increase in recent days.
“Our families, farmers and small business are worried about getting the heat they need during times of frigid weather,” Deal said. “They shouldn’t have to worry about price gouging, and we aim to prevent that.”
”Due to the much colder than normal weather this winter, we have seen a higher demand for propane gas resulting in shortages and escalating prices in Georgia and across the nation,” said Black. “Livestock and poultry farmers, along with food processors, depend on propane to continue business. We are doing everything possible to work with the propane suppliers and agribusinesses to meet the challenges we are currently facing.”
Deal recently ordered restrictions on propane transport be eased to help increase the state’s supply of propane. If weather conditions do not improve in coming weeks, Deal will revisit state actions.
Congratulations are in order for City of Cedartown employee Kelvin Garmon.
Garmon celebrated his 30th year working for the City of Cedartown on Jan. 18. Currently, he serves as the City’s Water and Maintenance Superintendent. He began his career with the City in 1984 as a meter reader and a laborer. He moved from that position into an equipment operator, and later, served as foreman.
A native of Cedartown, Garmon first viewed his job with the City as temporary. “I took the job 30 years ago because I knew they had a position available and I had experience in that field,” Garmon said. “I was glad for the job, but at that time, I never really intended to stay very long. But, all that changed and I decided to stay. Thirty years later, I am still here,” he chuckled. “It’s been great, these 30 years have gone by fast.”
Residents have probably seen Garmon and his crew out and about, keeping water lines running smoothly and making sure the city’s sewer system is functioning properly. “We do everything from repairing fire hydrants and water mains to maintaining water service lines, repairing water meters and repairing sewer lines as needed,” he explained. “We also take care of any plumbing repairs in all of the city’s buildings and of course, we help other city departments when needed.”
Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Ollie’s will locate its new Southeast distribution center in Commerce, creating approximately 175 new jobs and investing $14.56 million into the project over the next five years.
“Georgia has become a magnet for booming companies who require a strong logistics infrastructure,” Deal said. “This new facility is an example of how Georgia’s No.1 business climate can help innovative companies such as Ollie’s expand in the United States.”
The Ollie’s facility in Commerce will support the company’s plans to expand its footprint in the Southeast. As part of this growth plan, the company anticipates adding 30-40 stores in Georgia over a four-year period beginning in 2014. The first Ollie’s store was founded in Mechanicsburg, Pa., in 1982 and has grown to become one of America’s largest retailers of closeouts, excess inventory and salvage merchandise, with 154 stores in 14 states.
The 962,000-square-foot distribution center will be located in the 450-acre Commerce 85 Industrial Park, at the intersection of I-85 and GA Highway 98 in Commerce. Once in operation, the distribution facility will support Ollie’s retail expansion into Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.
”We are delighted to expand our distribution operations into Commerce,” said Ollie’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer John Swygert. “Commerce is an ideal location for our business and Jackson County has received us with open arms. We look forward to bringing new jobs and opportunities to the area.”
The Commerce 85 Industrial Park was developed as a joint venture between the Jackson County Industrial Development Authority, city of Commerce and Rooker. Annie Baxter, director of the logistics, energy, agribusiness and food (LEAF) team and Project Manager David Dunagan handled the project on behalf of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
“We are excited about the expansion of Ollie’s into the Southeast,” said Commerce Mayor Dr. Clark Hill. “The entire council and I are especially proud that they have chosen Commerce and Jackson County for their distribution hub. The city of Commerce looks forward to Ollie’s growth and prosperity in our community.”
“We are very excited Ollie’s has chosen Commerce and Jackson County,” said Jackson County Commission Chairman Tom Crow. “They will be a great addition to our business community. This announcement now gives us strong industrial parks at all of Jackson County’s exits along the I-85 Corridor.”
“Georgia’s pro-business resources, which include a top-ranked talent pool and a world-class transportation network, are gaining the attention of progressive retailers such as Ollie’s,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “Ollie’s decision to locate to Georgia underscores how important such assets are for companies who are seeking to establish new locations to serve their customers.”
As part of its ongoing commitment to promote wellness – both physical and financial – the City of Cedartown will host an “Extreme Couponing Class” on Thursday, Feb. 20. The class is open to all who are interested.
The class, led by Jenny Martin, author of SouthernSavers.com, will take place at 6 p.m. at the Cedartown Senior Nutrition Center, 605 Lynton Dr. Billed as an event that will teach participants how to cut their grocery and household purchases by 50 percent, the class will focus on four main topics:
Gathering and organizing coupons: This topic will cover tips on finding items that shoppers want and need, ways to avoid becoming overwhelmed with couponing, and keeping track of coupons;
Couponing terms, lingo and details: Abbreviations and couponing jargon can be intimidating and confusing to the novice coupon-clipper. This class will break everything down and help participants understand coupon talk;
Grocery store policies and tips: Topics covered include learning how to save the most money in local stores, maximizing promotions and stacking coupons and saving on everyday purchases like meat and produce;
Drugstore deals and tricks: Drugstores can be one of the best places for coupon shoppers. This topic will cover the basics of drugstore shopping;
The cost of the class is $10 which can be paid at the door with cash or check. However, those wishing to participate must register online at https://cedartowncoupons.eventbrite.com. Workbooks will be provided to participants, allowing them to take notes and keep track of the tips and information that will be presented. For more information, contact Aimee Madden, City of Cedartown public information officer, at 770-748-3220, ext. 221.
Visitors to Peek Forest Park will notice new informational signs located throughout the park. On January 18th, the Cedartown Tree Commission is partnership with the W.D. Trippe Foundation, the Ayers Beck Golf Tournament, The City of Cedartown and Helms Painting installed seven informational signs throughout the downtown Cedartown park. The signs have information about trees in the park, as well as other local trees. The welcome sign was also update with a QR code that always visitors to snap a photo of a lead on a plant and learn information about that plant through a program call Leafsnap. According to Tree Commission Chairman Marily Bunn, the next phase in the project will be to install a larger sign at the park entrance with a map of trees and markers, as well as additional information about local trees. 2014 marks the 20th year Cedartown is being recognized as a “Tree City” by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
Registration is now underway for the 2014 Cedartown Youth Baseball Season. Registration will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30am until 1:30pm and 5:30pm and 7:00pm at the cabin at Northwest Park. Registration will also take place on Saturdays from 9:00am until 1:00pm in the Senior Building. For more information on Youth Baseball please call 470-865-2990.