Cedartown, Ga. – On Saturday, August 2, the phrase, “Play Ball!,” will bring together two cultures from opposite sides of the globe for a friendly game of baseball.
Twenty children from Japan will make the 15-hour journey from their hometown of Inabe City, Mie, to Georgia to run bases and catch pop-flys with the Cedartown Bulldogs on the baseball diamond at Bert Wood Youth and Athletic Complex.
The 10th Annual Kimoto Cup is being billed this year as the Japan-U.S. Friendship Baseball Game and will be the first time that the game has ever been played on American soil. The game is open to the public and city officials are encouraging residents to attend.
“We would love to see the stands full of Cedartown residents showing support and cheering on both teams,” said Cedartown City Manager Bill Fann. “This event has been a full year in the making. Both the Cedartown team and the Japanese team are very excited to share a fun game of baseball together and learn more about each other’s culture. The City of Cedartown is proud to help host this event and thankful to play a part in it.”
Japan-based KIMOTO Co., LTD and Cedartown’s Kimoto Tech have been the driving force in bringing the game to Cedartown, paying for travel and expenses for members of the Japanese team, along with their chaperones. City of Cedartown officials and Cedartown Youth Baseball representatives have worked with Kimoto Tech over the past year to ensure that preparations have been made to welcome the 11 and 12-year-old guests to Northwest Georgia.
Miguel Leal, president of Cedartown Kimoto Tech, explained that KIMOTO Co., LTD president, Mr. Kazunobu Kimoto, desires to maintain a close relationship with the communities in which the company works and serves. “KIMOTO Co. has a long history of initiating events like this in Japan and other parts of the world. It is Mr. Kimoto’s belief that we share multiple common bonds as citizens in our local communities. There is no better way to express these common bonds than through a friendly series of baseball games and spending time together to share experiences.”
As part of the weekend’s events, Cedartown’s Westside Elementary School will host the Japanese team for a cultural exchange event with local students.
Opening ceremonies for the Kimoto Friendship game will take place at 8 a.m. at the Bert Wood Youth and Athletic Complex, 605 Lynton Drive in Cedartown. The Star Spangled Banner will be performed by Cedartown resident Eli Shaw and Japan’s anthem, Kimigayo, will be performed by the entire All Inabe baseball team.
Distinguished guests speaking during the opening ceremony include Cedartown Kimoto Tech President Miguel Leal; KIMOTO Co., LTD president, Mr. Kazunobu Kimoto; Japan Consulate General Sunaga and State House Representative Trey Kelley.
The first pitch for game one will be thrown at 9 a.m. The first pitch for game two will take place at 1:30 p.m.
Closing ceremonies will include a speech and the presentation of trophies to both teams by Mr. Kimoto, as well as remarks by distinguished guests Dale Tuck, Cedartown City Commission Chair, and Scott McMurray, Director of the International Division at the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
Representing the All Inabe team are players Taichi Ando (No. 3), Yosuke Kadowaki (No. 8), Shotaro Ariyoshi (No. 15), Kenta Hashimoto (No.6), Rui Inden (No. 9), Rinta Nakamura (No. 13), Taisei Sakaeda (No. 5), Takumi Saito (No. 17), Kakeru Mori (No. 16), Masaki Shiratsuchi (No. 4), Tomohisa Tanaka (No. 2), Kota Yamada (No. 12), Ryoga Hirai (No. 14), Yuto Morihashi (No. 11), Taiyo Nakamura (No. 7), Sodai Tadokoro (No. 10) and Yusei Ito (No. 1).
Representing the Cedartown Bulldogs are players Easton Oxenreider (No. 4), Seth Davis (No. 1), Eli Eli Wigley (No. 11), Tyler Gosdin (No. 9), Davis Wagoner (No. 99), Chadriq Neal (No. 21), Caleb Arnold (No. 10), Griffin Elder (No.8), Cleve Jordan (No. 13), Ty Wilcox (No. 1), Will Pilgrim (No. 14), Mason Bennett (No. 22) and Taji Hudson (No. 5).
Customers affected by the boil water advisory have been notified via hand-delivered official written notice. The area affected includes East Girard Avenue (from Main Street eastward), Asberry Street, Mildred Drive and Connie Way.
A broken section of an 8-inch water line located on East Girard Avenue caused water pressure in parts of the water system to drop to dangerously low levels. When this occurs, a potential health hazard may exist in these areas of zero pressure from backflow and/or back-siphonage of water of unknown quality into the water distribution system.
In order to protect the public from a potential health risk, all citizens that have experienced water outages and/or low water pressures are advised to “boil” all water prior to use for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby food.
The water should be boiled for at least one minute after reaching a rolling boil. Citizens should continue to boil water until they are notified by their drinking water utility (the City of Cedartown) that the water system has been restored to full operation, and that the microbiological quality of the water in the distribution system is safe for human consumption.
Floyd County Police originally responded to the call of a woman who had been cut by an assailant’s knife at the Ashton Ridge apartments on Callier Springs Road just east of Rome.
When police arrived, the suspect refused to open the door and had blocked the entrance to the apartment unit.
Following an hour of unsuccessful negotiations, the SWAT team forced their way inside where they had to subdue the suspect with a tazer device.
Police arrested Christopher Nashon Garrett on several felony charges including aggravated assault, false imprisonment, three counts of felony obstruction, arson, criminal damage to property, and third degree cruelty to children.
He was transported to the hospital to be treated for self-inflicted knife wounds and will be taken to the Floyd County Jail upon his release.
Cedartown Police, Fire, and Redmond EMS responded to a single vehicle accident Thursday afternoon where a Chevy HHR had lost control on College Drive and slammed into numerous mailboxes.
According to reports, the driver told police that she heard a loud pop as if a tire had busted. She then began swerving out of control, hitting half a dozen mailboxes and ended up in a ditch in front of Worldview Baptist Church.
One person was partially ejected from the vehicle, according to the report.
Two occupants had to be transported for treatment of what appeared to be nonlife-threatening injuries.
The driver of the Chevy, identified as Lacretia Dyoka Boozer of Evergreen Lane was taken for treatment.
Police have cited her for failure to maintain lane and driving on a suspended or revoked license.
No one else was hurt during the accident.
The unemployment rate in Polk County rose slightly last month when compared to May’s numbers, according to State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.
“In Polk County, we saw the unemployment rate rise to 7.6 percent in June, which is an increase of 0.3 percent since the last month,” said Butler. “However, if we take a look at this June compared to last June, we were at 8.4 percent.”
So the rate is not as bad as it was a year ago, and according to Butler, June is a month were temporary layoffs are not uncommon.
“Typically what we see are the rates going up due to seasonal factors,” Butler explained. “Those factors can be attributed to school systems temporarily laying off non contract employees until the fall and high school and college graduates entering the workforce for the first time.”
Metro Rome’s unemployment rate increased to 8.2 percent in June, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.9 percent in May.
The rate was 9.4 percent in June a year ago.
ATLANTA –The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help Automation Personnel fill more than 30 jobs in Calhoun and Adairsville with a light industrial manufacturer.
The recruitment will be held Tuesday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the GDOL Rome Career Center, 462 Riverside Parkway.
The company is recruiting experienced inspectors, creelers, tarp cutters, twisters, and tufting machine operators and mechanics, along with pole-hyster drivers and dye-house sew-on and roll-up workers.
Due to U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, applicants must be at least 18 years old. They must also have a high school or General Education Diploma (GED), and at least one year of industrial or manufacturing experience.
Salaries begin at $10 an hour, depending on experience and position. Jobs are available on all shifts.
The company will conduct a background check and drug-screening test and may offer an industrial-skills test
For more information about the recruitment, contact the GDOL Rome Career Center at (706) 295-6051. Applicants may also email a resume to the company at firstname.lastname@example.org To learn more about the GDOL and career opportunities, connect with us on Facebook, Youtube and Twitter, which can be conveniently accessed at www.gdol.ga.gov .
According to city officials, a processional is being organized for the two teams, the Cedartown Bulldogs 16U baseball team and the Cedartown 14U softball team, which will bring them down Main Street from the old Enmark gas station beginning at 6:00 p.m. and end in front of Polk County Courthouse No. 2.
Following the processional down Main Street, city officials will be honoring the players and coaches in front of the courthouse steps for bringing home World Series championships.
The festivities are part of a new series of concerts planned for downtown Cedartown this year.
Organizer Jennifer Hulsey says if you had fun last month, you will certainly enjoy the concert this time.
“If you had fun last time, you’re going to have even more fun this time because we are adding another band,” said Hulsey. “Prior Station will be playing for us and Khaotik will be back by popular demand.”
Those who attend the concert and cruise-in are asked to bring a new toy to donate to the Cedartown United Fund for Christmas in July to help area children.
The classic car cruise down Main and the championship processional will begin gathering at 5:45 p.m. with the cruise down Main and processional starting at 6:00 p.m.
The music fires up at 7:00 p.m. with Mt. Sinai Baptist Church and Galilee Baptist Church youth ministries providing food and drinks.
According to Kelvin Garmon, Public Works Director, workers are out right now setting concrete in that intersection, filling up the narrow ditch created when a new sewer line was put into place.
The ditch had been temporarily filled with gravel for several weeks.
Workers will repair the ditch and cover it with a metal plate, allowing the concrete to dry.
Garmon asked drivers to approach the intersection with caution today, as workers and equipment will be in the roadway as the ditch is repaired.
The officer stopped a suspicious vehicle on the entrance ramp to I-75 north at Highway 140.
The officer checked the license plate of the driver, 29-year-old Charles Leon Johnson, II, and found he was wanted for simple battery in Richmond County.
Johnson attempted to flee dragging the officer along the road.
The officer fired once at Johnson, killing him.
The officer received medical attention for his injuries but wasn’t hospitalized.
The GBI is investigating.