Officers with the Adairsville Police Department prevented a man from jumping from the Highway 140 overpass onto Interstate 75 late Sunday evening.
According to records from the police department, officers were dispatched to the overpass at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday and found a man in his 30s on the outside ledge of the bridge in a dangerous position.
Reports say the man told officers, "I'm going to jump because nobody cares. Don't come any closer. I don't want to talk to you."
Deputies from the Gordon County Sheriff's Office blocked interstate traffic on the south-bound lanes while deputies from the Bartow County Sheriff's Office blocked north-bound traffic. Gordon deputies also directed multiple tractor trailers to stop under the bridge in order to shorten the distance in case the man jumped.
At one point the individual crossed the ledge back onto the roadway of the bridge and Adairsville officers were able to tackle the man the ground
without incident. He was sent to Cartersville Medical Center for evaluation and treatment.
Adairsville Police Chief Mike Jones commended officers for their action and expressed gratitude for the assistance provided by both sheriff's officers and the tractor trailer drivers who parked under the bridge.
Jones said one of the police department's goals is to make sure all sworn staff are certified as crisis intervention officers. He said that training, "which is specifically tailored around the handling of people in these kinds of crises," was a contributing factor in the successful outcome of this particular incident.
"It is always our goal to protect people while enforcing the law, and the opportunity to save a life tonight was the pinnacle of achievement for our department," Jones said.
A new program developed by the Calhoun Police Department is set to help officers provide safer and more sensitive care for persons with special needs.
"This is a program for special needs people who maybe don't possess the coping mechanisms that most of us do. They may have meltdowns when they see the police or firemen because they don't really know the difference," Calhoun Police Department Lieutenant David Nelson said at Monday's Calhoun City Council meeting. "You can fill in as much about them as you want or you can omit what you want, but the more you give us, the more we will be prepared."
Registration into the program is completely voluntary and open not only to Calhoun residents but to all residents of Gordon County who visit, attend school, or regularly attend other events in the city. Nelson said any information submitted through the registration form, which includes questions about triggers and calming techniques, will be kept private and used only in the event that police are called to the home of the individual in question.
"When 911 gets a call and pulls up your address, it will bring up the form and provide us with information about the individuals in your residence and any issues," Nelson said. "Speaking personally, I have a Down Syndrome son. He does have some issues, but not quite as bad as a lot of others. This information is really going to
come in handy."
Councilman Al Edwards praised the new program for its capacity to assist special needs persons and the elderly, who are also eligible to participate in the registry and have suffered in nearby communities like Chatsworth when police were unprepared to deal with their specific needs.
"There was an elderly lady [in Chatsworth] and it seems like she was about 85-ish or something in that neighborhood," Edwards said. "She was out in the yard cutting flowers with a knife. She didn't speak English. I don't really remember what the circumstance were that caused the police to be called, but they got there and she had the knife. She wouldn't respond to their request to put it down because she didn't know to and she ended up having a taser used on her."
"So, hopefully this kind of thing could prevent that type of situation from developing," Edwards continued.
In other business, the council also:
• Re-tabled an annexation and zoning request for 1117 S. Wall St. pending a resolution in Superior Court related to citations from Gordon County. The property, owned by GAH Properties, had been neglected for more than a decade before the request was submitted to the city.
• Heard a first reading for amendments to the City of Calhoun Code of Ordinances that would allow for residents of counties adjacent to Gordon County to serve as store managers of establishments serving alcoholic beverages.
• Heard a first reading for a beer and wine package license for Love's Travel Stop at 1081 Belwood Road S.E.
• Heard a first reading for a beer pouring license for Wings of Calhoun LLC, located at 273 Hwy 53 East, Suite 1.
• Approved a special event permit and road closure request by United Way of Gordon County for its Unity Run XXVI. The event will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 5:30 p.m.
• Approved a Telecommunications Department request to declare as surplus a Briggs and Stratton EXL8000 generator.
• Approved a police department request to declare as surplus a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox and a 2012 Dodge Charger.
• Approved a police department request to purchase six computers for the patrol division at a total cost of $9,512, to be paid with state forfeiture funds.
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Officials from the United States Census Bureau will be at the Calhoun-Gordon County Public Library on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to take applications for jobs related to the 2020 Census.
The Census Bureau will be recruiting thousands of Americans across the country for temporary jobs from now until the completion of the census next year. The 2020 Census jobs website allows applicants to apply for a range of positions, including recruiting assistants, office operations supervisors, clerks, census field supervisors and census takers.
The positions will be located across 248 Area Census Offices nationwide and offer flexible work hours, including daytime, evenings and weekends.
Available jobs include:
• Recruiting assistants who travel throughout geographic areas to visit with community-based organizations, attend promotional events and conduct other recruiting activities.
• Office operations supervisors who assist in the management of office functions and day-to-day activities in one or more functional areas, including payroll, personnel, recruiting, field operations and support.
• Clerks who perform various administrative and clerical tasks to support various functional areas, including payroll, personnel, recruiting, field operations and support.
• Census field supervisors who conduct fieldwork to support and conduct on-the-job training for census takers and/or to follow-up in situations where census takers have confronted issues, such as not gaining entry to restricted areas.
• Census takers who work in the field. Some field positions require employees to work during the day to see addresses on buildings. Other field positions require interviewing the public, so employees must be available to work when people are usually at home, such as in the evening and on weekends.
All jobs can be applied for the website at 2020census.gov/jobs, but officials will be at the library on Thursday to answer questions or assist anyone who doesn't want to apply online. Pay for the positions begins at $14 per hour.
Applicants should have their social security number, physical street address, email address and phone number, and date and place of birth ready, and should expect the process to take about 30 minutes.
According to the Census website, the entire recruitment process could take several months before a job is offered. Following an offer a background check will be required and training will be provided.
The United States conducts a census every 10 years in order to determine how many people live in the country and where they live. The results of the census are valued because communities because some things likes federal funding and government representation can be determined by the size of an area's population.