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In her 30 years with the Cedartown Police Department, Dottie Wood has seen a lot.
She’s worked with five different police chiefs – including W.M. Moss, John Dean, Keith Barber, Henry King and now, Jamie Newsome. She first came on board with the police department as a dispatcher and assisted in the housing of prisoners at the police department office. “That was way before the county 9-1-1 and the new jail. We don’t lock folks up in here anymore, but we used to.”
Probably the best description of her current job now is: what doesn’t she do? She takes care of all office duties, serves as the municipal court clerk and serves as the Georgia Crime Information Center operator and terminal agency coordinator, just to name a few.
There’s plenty she’s seen and experienced in her three decades with CPD, though most funny stories, by her own admission, “aren’t the repeatable kind,” she explains with a laugh. The Blizzard of 1993 is a major event that sticks out in her mind. “Me and one other guy were the only ones in the department with a 4-wheel drive. I remember transporting the officers to answer calls and transporting relief personnel. I’d go home, get a few hours of sleep, then come right back on in.”
Born and raised in Cedartown, hailing from the Bulldog Class of 1981, Wood now lives in Ft. Payne, Ala., with her husband, Jerry Len and a cute little Chihuahua named Annabelle. Her great nieces, Katie and Scarlett, keep her sharp and on her feet.
As to her plans after retirement: “I’m going to take off for a few minutes and then maybe take a part time job somewhere. After being here 30 years, it’s hard leaving. It’s like leaving my second family.”
“It’s rare in today’s world for someone to dedicate 30 years to the same company. The days of people getting a job and staying with that job until retirement age is getting less and less frequent. That’s something you can’t put a price on,” said Police Chief Jamie Newsome. “There are so many things that Dottie has taken upon herself to do over the years, we may not even know how beneficial she has been until there’s a void there.”
Newsome said that the department has hired another individual to take over Wood’s duties. “We have hired someone that’s coming on board to serve in that position, and we know that that person cannot ever replace Dottie, but they can pick up where she left off. She’ll never know how much I appreciate her services and how dependable she’s been. Administratively, she’s always been the go-to person.”
A retirement party will be held for Wood on July 31 at 2 p.m. at City Hall. The public is invited to drop by and wish her well.
This is the last week if you want to cast your ballot early for the primary election runoff next Tuesday.
An additional early voting location is now open in Rockmart at the Nathan Dean Center from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m.
Early voting continues through Friday at the Polk County Administration Building in Cedartown during the same hours.
Turnout for the election has been above the state average up to this point, according to election officials.
Locally, a runoff in the Polk County Superior Court race features attorneys Chuck Morris of Cedartown and Meng Lim of Tallapoosa.
The Superior Court race is nonpartisan and will appear on all ballots.
Two statewide races are on the republican ballot.
The winner of the heated U.S. Senate runoff between U.S. Representative Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue will face democratic challenger Michelle Nunn in November.
There is also a runoff in the GOP race for State School Superintendent, a post that will be vacated by John Barge who did not seek reelection in order to run for governor.
Mike Buck of Rome will face Richard Woods on the Republican ballot.
On the democratic ballot, a runoff for state school superintendent features Alisha Thomas Morgan and Valarie D. Wilson.
It appears that a late fall opening will be in store for the new campus of Polk Medical Center as construction continues on the facility on Rockmart Highway just east of Cedartown.
Infrastructure improvements are nearly complete and the exterior parts of the new building are for the most part complete.
“Overall the project is on schedule and on budget and according to what our general contractor is telling us, we should have a certificate of occupancy around the middle of September,” said Matt Gormon, Polk Medical Center Administrator.
“We hope to be in the new facility at the beginning of November.”
The new 65,000 square foot facility will have 25 private beds, along with a 12 room emergency room and a surgical program.
“We’re going to have a medical office building that’s going to be large enough to accommodate up to six physicians,” Gormon said. “We’re currently in the process of recruiting those positions.”
The new hospital will also operate 24/7 emergency medical services.
Later this week, we will take a closer look on the new services to be offered at the new hospital, as well as hear an update on the insurance issue with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia.
The Polk School District, like other school districts around Georgia, are currently reviewing their CRCT scores and determining how to address a number of issues.
In a broad picture, the entire school system is taking a hard look at science and social studies, as those subject areas were of the most concern for the school district.
However, in grades four through eight, gains were made in reading scores.
The best numbers appeared to be in the math scores.
Fifth grade scores were at 89 percent, one percent higher than the state average.
Sixth grade math was significantly higher than the state average at 89 percent compared to the state’s 84 percent.
Despite the positive numbers, Polk School District Superintendent William Hunter says the school system still has a ways to go, especially considering that a completely new testing system will go into effect this year.
School administrators are currently reviewing the numbers from the state and will present action plans and curriculum adjustments, including increasing instructional time for science and social studies in the elementary schools.
According to an incident report, police were dispatched to a College Dr. apartment Wednesday in reference to possible drug activity.
On the scene, police located two individuals sitting in a white car in the parking lot of the apartment.
One of the suspects ran when officers approached and was shortly apprehended.
Officers found a small baggie with a white crystal rock substance in the front seat of a vehicle and two guns in the trunk of the car.
Police arrested 31-year-old Joshua Lee Barnes of a Cave Spring Road residence on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug related objects, possession of firearms during the commission of a crime, possession of tools for commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and obstruction.
The other occupant of the vehicle, 29-year-old Letha Jackson McBurnett of Cave Spring Road was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug related objects, and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.
Two recruitments will be held at the GDOL’s Rome Career Center, 462 Riverside Parkway. The first will be Friday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, while the other will be Monday, July 14, from 1-4 p.m.
The company will be recruiting cooks, hosts and hostesses, along with servers, who must either have, or be able to obtain, an alcohol-pouring license. While no previous experience is required, job seekers with customer service-experience are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or a General Education Diploma (GED), and be able to lift 25 to 50 pounds of merchandise.
The company will conduct a background-check and drug-screening test.
If hired, workers will receive four weeks of on-the-job training at O’Charley’s restaurants in either Hiram or Acworth.
For more information about the recruitments, contact the Rome Career Center at (706) 295-6051.
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 police reports, a neighbor had contacted 911, advising them of the altercation going on next door.
Police arrested 19-year-old Douglas Henson of a Cartersville Highway address in Rockmart on charges of false imprisonment, reckless conduct, third degree cruelty to children, second degree cruelty to children, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug related objects.
Nicole Rose, 31 of the same address faces charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug related objects, reckless conduct, and second degree cruelty to children.
Reports indicate that county police were called to a Culp Lake Road residence where a man said his Suzuki Ozark ATV had been stolen from his shed.
Police observed that the lock on the shed door had been cut and that the pins had been knocked out of the hinges.
The owner said the ATV had last been seen at 8 p.m. Monday.
The man also said a .22 rifle was also missing from the shed.
According to an incident report, Kristen Dean, 24 of a Rockmart address was employed for a commissary company at the Polk County Jail when she allegedly stole more than $10,000.
Dean turned herself in at the Polk County Jail on Wednesday morning and was released on $5,100 bond.