The New Year brings with it a new session under the Gold Dome in Atlanta and 2019 marks the year that one of Cedartown's own takes on a greater leadership role.
State Rep. Trey Kelley (R-Cedartown) was elected by the Republican caucus to be the Majority Whip, where he'll be responsible for making sure his fellow GOP members keep within their stated goals for the session.
His additional responsibilities come as 20 new members of the Republican caucus join the state house in 2019 that hell also help shepherd through their first term, along with longtime members of the house to wrangle as well. He said he was thankful for his colleagues in the trust they put in him to serve in the leadership role this term.
"The job of the Republican whip is to make sure that we have an understanding of our agenda, to make sure we're united behind that agenda and we put forth an agenda that works for Georgians," Kelley said. "That will be my responsibility. As we start rolling out legislation and legislative ideas, it's I like to say the mouth and the ears of the caucus."
He'll have to stay in touch with leadership and members both during this term, staying busy along with committee assignments ranging from Ways and Means to the Judiciary, Education, Health and more.
Making Kelley's role as whip easier is his longevity in office. He was elected in 2012, and in his past three elections ran without opposition. So during campaign season, he's usually out helping other members gain the local support they need to stay in office.
"I think that's something that's beneficial to our community, because it helps me explain issues that are important to us and allowed me to reach a leadership position within the house," he said. "There are a lot of people who have I known for several years, but there's also a new group coming in as well. I'm in the process of building on those relationships, and everyday you try to build these relationships more so you have a mutual trust with each other, so that when they give me feedback on something that I have full faith in them, and when I'm talking with them, that I'm doing something or talking to them about something that good for their community, good for our caucus and ultimately good for our state."
Even with the new job title, Kelley said ahead of the start of the session his first priorities remain to ensure local constituents get the service they need from the state, and his continued willingness to try and help where he can.
"For me my most important focus is always making sure that I'm serving my constituency in the 16th district. That means providing topnotch services, and being accessible and being transparent with the people who have elected me to serve in Atlanta," Kelley said. "It is the greatest honor of my life. Every chance I get to walk into the Capitol in service of the people of the 16th district, I'm humbled by that and the opportunity they give me to that, so I look forward to it."
Kelley has a long 40 days of work ahead during the 2019 session as ongoing and new issues are cropping up all the time that need the attention of the state house and senate. He said that with the GOP still in power in both houses and in the Governor's office, the state will continue to make progress in many areas. One of those areas is in how children and adults alike have been exploited over the past years.
"We also know that we cannot bury our heads in the sand. We have a problem with sex trafficking in Georgia. And we are committed to reducing the number of children that are being involuntary being put into the sex trafficking trade in Georgia," Kelley said. "You're going to see us take some measurable improvement there."
This year's session also will seek to continue work on a wide range of issues on everything from health care and mental health, to improving both rural and metro communities statewide in transportation infrastructure as well. He added that chief among those issues will be to continue improvements in education, especially in safety.
"We're going to work on school safety, to make sure that not only are we funding schools at the highest level they've ever been funded. We're seeing test scores improve in Georgia, the improvement in our workforce development in Georgia," he said. "We want kids and parents and teachers and administrators have the peace of mind that when they walk into the schools, they're going to be safe. And we've started that process in the last session and we're going to continue building upon that."
But his main point was that seeking a better Georgia is a big focus for the coming session in all fields.
"We're going to continue building on the progress and the Republican efforts and the accomplishments that you've seen a Republicanled Governor's office, a Republican-led House and Republican-led Senate get done for the citizens of Georgia," Kelley said. "We're cutting taxes, we're going to keep doing that. We're going to find other ways to cut our state income tax, and we're going to improve on these agenda items."
Also top among them is what ways the state can get greater access to rural broadband solutions across Georgia's great swath of landscapes.
"I think we're seeing several technological advances that are going to help. One that we're seeing called small cell technology, where you're really talking about miniature cell towers at a more frequent level," Kelley said. "I think that is something that is going to help expand access. I think you're starting to see more satellites that are launched, and you've seen a marked improvement in terms of the satellite options that are out there. I know there are several in our community that have had that before."
He said he sympathizes with customers of satellite internet for poor service, and he knows improvements are needed across the board for better internet access across Georgia. Though he sees the services getting better, he also understands that like electricity access in the early 1900s in rural areas, broadband is the same challenge for the early 2000s.
In the previous session, the state legislature did establish laws to help define broadband-ready communities and what rural areas are in terms of internet coverage, as well as expand options for utility providers to get involved, which will increase market competition.
"We're also trying to find a way to put forth a funding mechanism that will act as a fund to help supplement the cost to get high speed broadband out to communities," he said. "Access to the internet today is no different than access to electricity in the earlier parts of the 20th century. We've got to get that out to help our rural communities."
Providing Georgia residents no matter where they live with affordable and quality health care also is an area he sees the state house continuing to push forward in 2019 as well. He said one of the tools to help fund hospitals in some of the farthest reaches of the state-the Rural Hospital Tax Credit program-was a complete success now that 100 percent, dollar for dollar donations are allowed to be deducted from state income taxes. There are limits per individual, household, business and for each hospital to collect, but the $60 million program was completely used up and he sees a future expansion of the program on the horizon.
Rural health care will remain a challenge in south Georgia especially, which saw widespread damage in 2018 from the effects of Hurricane Michael. It will likely cause generational-scale of damage to the region, which lost not only millions of dollars in property damage and crops, but also will feel the loss of people in the region who might not choose to rebuild after the storm destroyed not just homes and businesses, but long term livelihoods. Kelley said fellow colleagues in the house are among those who are still reeling from losses.
Former Governor Nathan Deal called the legislature back into session back in November to help ensure the financial hardships felt by the damage the region took could be staved off in the short term.
"It had to be done," Kelley said. "Governor Deal proved what kind leader he is for tackling those issues as they came up."
He said that in talking with members from South Georgia he knows well – Sam Watson, Clay Pirkle, Gerald Green and others – they needed the real help.
"Sam Watson is a row-crop farmer, going from thinking he was going to have the best crop of his – he's a young farmer, we're around the same age – to thinking he was going to have the best crop of his career to having the absolute worst," Kelley said. "That will be generational damage down there."
The changes in the FY 2019 budget to help impacted areas will reflect how the budget is setup for FY 2020, a process already well underway. Kelley's role in Ways and Means and now as Majority Whip gives him greater access to the budget, one he seeks to continue to treat with conservative ideals in mind. He's expecting in the year's to come to be able to work toward continuing to lower state income taxes to a target of 5 percent in the near future and keep it there. For now, it will be stepping down to 5.5 percent by 2020.
"I do think we can get it to 5 and see where our revenue estimates come in and go from there," he said. "I'm a firm believer that if you cut income taxes, it leads to investment and increased revenue to the state. I think that's what Georgia saw as we came out of the recession, is that Georgia did not have to raise taxes where a lot of states did, and we just got the numbers – more than 800,000 new private sector jobs under Governor Deal's leadership. And that's a direct result of keeping our taxes low and keeping our regulations at a conservative, common sense level."
What won't have any ill-effects on the state budget anytime soon is the shutdown in the Federal government, Kelley said.
Even if it were to extend once the state budget is approved in the spring by new Governor Brian Kemp, Kelley said funding mechanisms would require Federal officials to cut checks to cover any costs picked up by the state during the shutdown.
"The State of Georgia is prepared. We can weather that storm, and when it happens the state gets reimbursed for that. In terms of seting up our budget, we're not concerned with that," he said.
Locally, Kelley said he's planning to follow the direction of city and county officials on where they might best see their efforts placed in seeking help with state funding for projects but expects to try to gain help for a proposed rework of Marquette Road, and additional work needed at Cornelius Moore Field.
The session is being gaveled in on Monday, January 14.
What would a potential Polk County Agriculture Center look like? It's a question that one local artist was posed and provided an answer for in the past weeks.
Susan Waters, who created the nativity scene on display at the Rockmart Art Gallery during November and December, provided her talents again to giving a visual inspiration for what could be for a center.
The rendering is part of an ongoing effort by Glenn and Laura Robinson along with other citizens and a newly formed board to build an Agriculture Education Center in the middle of the county to provide a space and equipment for a variety of agriculture-related needs.
Robinson commissioned the rendering as part of an ongoing campaign to get public and private assistance for the project. Waters was sought to imagine what the building would look like based on what other facilities around the area.
The Robinsons shared the rendering in recent weeks along with other groups during a Region i commission meeting in Polk County. They hope to continue to solicit support from local officials for help with construction costs.
The center — proposed to the county commission in previous work sessions and the focus of a University of Georgia study - would seek to provide an agriculture education and show spaces for individuals of all ages and groups. They even seek to provide cannery equipment for public use to help save what's been grown locally.
Cost estimates initially for a 28,000 square foot facility are according to a University of Georgia study commissioned by the county at somewhere around $1.5 million for construction, and more for upkeep.
When the study was discussed by the County Commission back during their October 2018 work session, the board sought further discussion in future meetings to figure out where funds might potentially be found.
Fish Creek is the target area for the proposed agriculture education center.
Until such a project gets underway, Polk County*s youth will have their own opportunities at Rockmart High School as the new semester starts.
The Agriculture Education Center on the campus is nearly completed, and soon will offer local youth opportunities to learn about animal sciences, have a show arena and banquet hall, and classroom and kitchen space. The project was paid for through the 2017 Education-only Special Purpose, Local Option Sales Tax fund approved by voters that is also funding several other improvements in school campuses.
What's the Chick-fil-A way of getting things done?
It's all about servant leadership according to local owner Zach Thomas, who through a series of classes continues to help spread the gospel of how his restaurant chain's successful prescription for doing business out into Polk County.
Thomas, who has been a Chick-fil-A operator for more than nine years and opened the store in Rockmart in 2017, said the idea for his bi-monthly Lunch and Learn series is to give people insight on how they can better lead their employees by understanding that it all comes from the "H.EAR.T."
It's an acronym formed around the phrase "Leaders serve from the H.E.A.R.T," Thomas explained. It asks participants to keep in mind such principles like "Thank other first," "Expect the best," "Respond with courage" and more.
Ultimately it builds on itself, and Thomas spends a few minutes each session up front catching people up on where he is in the coursework.
"I think we'll continue to repeat them for as long as people want to learn and grow," Thomas said. "I think the journey of becoming a leader requires us to hear things more than once. But ultimately it is a series of growth through leading self, leading teams, leading organizations and leading others."
He said the coursework can go on for as long as 36 hours, so he might be at the Lunch and Learn series organized through the Polk County Chamber of Commerce for the next several years. But he doesn't mind, because with each class it also ensures that he continues to practice what he's teaching in everyday life.
"Being able to teach what I've learned helps me," Thomas said. 'The best way to learn is to teach. So for me, being able to teach what I've learned and share that in the community benefits me in my own leadership journey, but my ultimate goal of helping leaders in the community who want to grow and provide them an opportunity to grow themselves."
Those interested in the Lunch and Learn series can find out more by heading over to the Chamber website at polkgeorgia.com and find the upcoming Lunch and Learn on the calendar to learn more, or visit this story on Polkstandardjournal.com to find a link.
Cost to participate is $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-chamber members per session, but does include lunch provided by Thomas.
The Polk School District is greeting students back from their winter break with smiling faces as 2019 gets underway in full stride.
Superintendent Laurie Atkins said educators are eager to see the smiling faces of youth return to the classroom at the start of the week after press time on Tuesday from their short vacation, and are just about to dig in for the annual testing season coming up in early spring at April's end. Youth returned to the classroom after one extra day of in-service on Monday for educators to prepare for campuses to open again.
"We're excited to get into the second half of the school year," she said.
One good piece of news: as 2019 gets started, the Rockmart High School Agriculture Education Center is nearing completion and will in the months to come be ready for students to utilize.
However rain delays are forcing delays in construction of the new Fine Arts center al Cedartown High School.
"They've done a lot to try and get ready to pour footings for the new building," she said. "But the rain just keeps coming."
Otherwise it is expected to be business as usual within the Polk School District as the 2019 calendar year gets underway, starting with getting grades back from the first half of the school year.
Reports cards go home for the second nine weeks of die year next Wednesday, just in time for the kids to get out of school again a few days later.
Students will be off again from school for the forthcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 21, followed by a day off for President's Day on February 16. Progress reports go home in mid-February, and report cards before the end of March for the third nine weeks of the year.
Spring Break will start on April 1, and continues through Friday, April 5. From then, it'll be eight more weeks of education until the 2019 school year comes to a close.
The Polk County Board of Education also returned back to regular business this week after press time for their first work and community input session of 2019, introducing new board members Britt Madden Jr. and Vicki Mayes to serve as the year started. They were sworn into office back in mid-December ahead of their first meeting of their terms.
Officials are still working to identify the body of a man who was pulled out of Cedar Creek last week.
Polk County Coroner Tony Brazier said the remains are being kept at Polk County's morgue and they'll be transferred to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Crime Lab for a full autopsy in the days to come after he pronounced the still-yet identified man dead at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2.
Brazier said details are still forthcoming on the identity, and an autopsy will be required before they are able to determine the cause of death. The body was first spotted and 911 called around 1 p.m. Wednesday of last week.
Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome additionally said further information about their ongoing investigation will be made available once the identity of the man is confirmed.
For now, all Brazier was able to say is that the unidentified male was between the ages of 30 and 40, and appeared to have been in the water for several days.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, along with the Cedartown Police remained on the case.
Brazier added his thanks for the support of local fire officials as well.
"I want to thank Cedartown Fire and Rescue and Polk County Volunteer Fire and Rescue for their assistance in securing the remains against a very rapidly flowing current," Brazier said. "The fireman went in with a boat and with the greatest of professional ease managed to get him from being trapped in the debris safely get him into the bank where we could process. Under the circumstances they are to be commended because they did a heck of a job for us and the police department."
The Polk County Republican Party is set to hold their coming convention in the next few months. Those who are interested in participating in the party's monthly meetings, or the forthcoming convention can contact Polk County GOP Chair Dr. Marc Wall at 770-749-0420.
Need help with the bills during the winter, and are a senior? Tallatoona CAP will begin accepting appointments for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for Senior Households 65 Scamp; older and Homebound Households. Appointments for the General Public will be accepted beginning in December. Appointments are provided on a first come first served basis until funds are exhausted. Polk County residents who qualify will receive either $310.00 or $350-00 toward their heating bill (heating source). To schedule an appointment or to request a homebound appointment, visit our website at www.tallatoonacap.org and click BookNow, or call 770-817-4666,
The Polk County Democratic Committee Meets on the second Saturday of every month at 9:30 a.m. In the "even" months (February, April, June, August, etc.) the organization meets at The Rockmart Library at 316 N. Piedmont Ave.,
Rockmart and during the "odd" months (January, March, etc.) they meet at the Cedartown Welcome Center, 609 Main St., Cedartown, GA 30125.
The RCAC's first ever juried art show with a variety of mediums starts this Friday, Jan. 11 and continues through Friday, March 22 at the Rockmart Art Gallery, located at 316 N. Piedmont Ave, Building 300. Join this Sunday, Jan. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. for a special reception with the artists and to announce awards from 41 different artists and more than 100 entries. Regulary gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 770-684-2707 for more information.
The Care Giver's Support Group is being formed for support for care givers in the Rockmart and Aragon communities. The location for the group is at Rockmart Presbyterian Church, 306 S. Marble Street, Rockmart. Call the church to learn more at 770-684-7289.
USAPA Pickelball Ambassador Daneen England is holding a free pickleball clinic every Monday (weather permitting) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rockmart Tennis courts, located at 436 Hogue Avenue, Rockmart. Loaner paddles and all necessary equipment will be on hand to learn t he sport. This is a free event for anyone and they just need to wear comfortable gym clothes and tennis shoes. Contact England at 770-356-1282, or by e-mail at email@example.com for more information.
The American Legion in Rockmart is hosting their monthly all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Meal of spaghetti, meatballs, garlic toast and salad, $5. Join the group for a good meal and to support veteran and children's programs. The Legion is located at 1 Veterans Circle, Rockmart. (Editor's Note: don't go tonight, because no one will be there for dinner. There was a misprint of the date in last week's calendar. -KM)
Do you have interest in studying the Bible and prophecies within? Contact Dr. Idel Suarez about a new study group being formed locally for serious scholars of the text. Contact him at 813-310-9350 for more information about how to participate and future meetings.
Celebrate Recovery meets every Monday night at the First Baptist Church of Rockmart starting with dinner at 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Large Group at 7 p.m. and Small Share Group at 8 p.m.
The office of Exceptional Students of Polk School District is available to assist with the identification of children with disabilities and provision a free appropriate public education beginning at the age of three through the age of 21. If you suspect your child is experiencing any developmental delay or you suspect your child might have a disability and would like assistance or for more information about services available through Polk School District, contact the PSD Exceptional Student Services office at 770-684-8718.
Aragon First United Methodist Church offers a food pantry for the community to use if they need assistance. They are open Mondays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. A picture ID is required to participate. Call 770-684-4855 for more information.
Rockmart First United Methodist Church invites the community to come out and join in worship on Sundays and Wednesdays at the church located at 135 W. Church St. Sunday morning worship begins with Bible study at 9:45 a.m., followed by Sunday school at 10 a.m. for all ages, and an 11 a.m. worship service. Wednesday night includes at 5 p.m. community meal on the last Wednesday of every month, 6 p.m. Bible study and choir practice at 7 p.m. Weekly children's events at the church include a 5:45 p.m. children and youth meal, 6:15 Children's music and MYF, followed by L.I.F.E. at 6:54 p.m. All are invited to join in. Call Rev. Martha Dye at 770-684-6251 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or questions. The church also updates weekly on their website at rockmartumc.org.
The next West Georgia Spay/Neuter Clinic is coming to the Cedartown-Polk County Humane Society again coming up next Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. Head over to the organization's office at 608 Adamson Road, Cedartown, on Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. or Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to fill out an admission and prepay for the surgery. Those wanting more information can call 678-361-7304 for more information. Vaccines and tests are available for extra cost as well. Transports won't be scheduled again until Feb. 6.
Members are invited to join the Cedartown Exchange Club weekly on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the Cherokee Country Club for meetings and dinner. New members from across Polk County are encouraged to get involved by contacting club presidentelect Edward Guzman at 770-546-2482 to take part in the organization that is involved in a wide range of community projects. Visit their website at cedartownexchangeclub.com to learn more. Annual dues are required to be a member.
Just Us Ministries Inc. Food Bank has distribution every Tuesday and Thursday at 904 Young Farms Road in Cedartown. On Tuesday the distribution is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. A picture ID is required. For more information call 770-687-1009 or 678-901-3354, e-mail email@example.com, or visit Justusministries.com.
Harmony Baptist Church, 882 Little Harmony Rd, Cedartown (Esom Hill area) invites everyone to attend their weekly Sunday morning Services. First Sunday morning service begins at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday School followed by worship service at 11 a.m.. Our doors are open to all and we are looking forward to seeing you. For more information visit our Facebook page, Harmony Baptist church, Cedartown.
The Rotary Club of Polk County meets weekly at the Richardson Field Depot in Rockmart for lunch at noon every Tuesday and are encouraging members and potential new members to take part. Contact Missy Kendrick with the Rotary Club at 770-584-5234 for more on how to participate or become a member. Annual dues are required to be a member.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cedartown, hosts a genealogy group that meets from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday nights, except holidays. There are no fees for these sessions and they are open to anyone. Please bring all of your basic family history (if you have it) such as names, birth-dates/death dates of parents, grandparents, children, etc. Bring your laptop or tablet, if you have one. If not, we can still help. Questions? Contact us at 678-477-2861 and leave a message or visit our Facebook page at www.facebookcom/FamilyQuest42/
The Sit and Stitch is back to sewing at Rockmart First United Methodist Church in the fellowship hall. The group will meet the first and third Monday's of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants can bring any craft they choose or help with a ministry project this year. The group is making crochet or knitted caps for donation to Helping Hands. A pattern will be provided and the group has crafters who can help those in need of instruction. Bring a sacklunch. Coffee or tea provided. Any questions please call Madeline Brown 678-435-5032.
The Kiwanis Club of Cedartown encourages members to take part in weekly meetings on Fridays at noon at the Cherokee County Club. Potential new members are asked to get in touch with Rhonda Heuer, Club Secretary at 770-748-1016 to learn more about how you can take part in making the community a better place. Annual dues are required for membership. Visit kiwanis.org to learn about the club.
Check out the Rockmart Farmers Market at the Silver Comet Trailhead behind Southcrest Bank on Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. Visit Rockmartfarmersmarket.com for details about vendors and upcoming classes.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints provides opportunities to local residents interested in hearing the message of Jesus Christ. For more information about how you can speak to local Elders, contact 687-852-7497, or visit their meeting house at 10005 N. Main St., Cedartown for worship services at 10 a.m. on Sundays.
The Ferst Readers Community Action Team meets the first Monday of the month at 5 p.m., alternately in Cedartown and Rockmart. Call 404-862-1273 for the meeting location. Find out more about how to help improve childhood literacy in Polk County at ferstfoundation.org.
Shiloh Baptist Church would like to invite the community to come participate in worship services weekly at their sanctuary at 433 Shiloh Road. Join the church for Sunday school at 10 a.m, followed by 11 a.m. service or Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. Call Pastor Jamie Newsome for more information at 404-425-8510.
The Georgia Legal Services Program's Claire Sherburne will be on hand at One Door Polk in Cedartown every fourth Monday to help those in need with free civil legal services to low-income persons. This will include all cases related to housing, employment, education, domestic violence, consumer fraud, wills, healthcare and other issues involved in the legal complications of everyday life. Call 404-206-5175 for more information.
The Cedartown Optimist Club meets on Thursday mornings at 7:30 am. for their weekly breakfast meeting and encourages members to join in and take part at the Goodyear Civic Center on Prior Street in Cedartown. Those interested in joining the Optimist Club and help local youth organizations can contact Ronnie Dingier by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cedar Lake Christian Center is a non-denominational community who invites anyone looking to find the Holy Spirit within them to come join in worship services on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Neil Hopper, along with Hispanic services as well to the community. Those interested in participating can join in at Cedar Lake Christian Center, located at 1890 Rome Highway, Cedartown. For more information call 770-608-0651.
The Polk County Alzheimer's Caregiver Support group will meet monthly on the first Monday at 11 a.m. at Polk Medical Center. Those interested can join for fellowship and lunch in the cafeteria. For more information call John Giglio at 678-246-8188.
Join the Church of God of the Union Assembly, 32 Prospect Road, Rockmart, for praise and worship weekly. The church welcomes anyone to come and worship regularly on Sundays and Wednesdays as well. Praise and youth services are held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights, and services start at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday following Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. Call Pastor Jesse Starnes at 678-757-4572 for more information.
The Polk County Beekeepers meets the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cedartown Library, 245 East Ave. Whether you are an experienced beekeeper, new beekeeper or want to learn all are welcome. For details email email@example.com or visit tinyurl.com/polkbees.
Victory Baptist Church's Bread of life Food Pantry is now open. One bag of non-perishable food, five items to pick from produce, eggs and milk and two items from frozen meats, breads and others will be available. ID is required. Limit of two IDs per address. Regular hours are Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m.; Tuesdays, 5 to 7 p.m.; and Thursdays, 8 to 10 a.m.
Interested in becoming a Foster or Adoptive Parent? Open your heart to a child in need and find out how you can help. Join others who seek the love of a child every second Tuesday night of each month at 6 p.m. at Polk County Division of Family and Children Services office, 100 County Loop Road in Cedartown. Information sessions explain what is required to become a foster or adoptive parent in Georgia. For more information please call Robin Forston at 404-895-6517 or email robin. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-877-210-RTDS. Visit www.fostergeorgia.com for more information.