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Commission names park
• Cedartown honors hometown film legend Sterling Holloway.

The Cedartown City Commission has finally given a name to a public space that has been simply known around town as "that park in front of the court house" by honoring a hometown star who lit up stage and screen with his shining presence.

Commissioners voted unanimously to approve naming the pocket park in front of Polk County Courthouse No. 2 as Sterling Holloway Park, one of many suggestions offered up during past months of consideration.

Holloway — known to millions from his work in motion pictures, television and as the animated voice of Walt Disney's Winnie the Pooh — was born in Cedartown, Ga. on Jan. 14, 1905. The entertainer's accolades and achievements are numerous. Spanning animated blockbusters to primetime television, Holloway has appeared in over 100 movies and 40 different television shows.

"We're going with Holloway park, but we all know it's Sterling Holloway Park," commissioner Dale Tuck explained before the motion was approved.

Holloway Park joins Sterling Holloway Street which runs alongside his birthplace in Cedartown, and was renamed in his honor shortly before his death of heart failure on Nov. 23, 1992. The street is located off College Street, near the county government office building.

Sterling was the first Hollywood actor drafted into World War II.

His number came up in a drawing held by Treasury Secretary Morganthau in October of 1940.

Holloway co-wrote a variety show for the Army— "Hey Rookie!"—which paid for a recreation facility for G.I.s. His show played in Los Angeles theaters for nine months before moving to the allied front lines in North Africa, Sicily and Italy.

Holloway and his troupe traveled 60,000 miles while exposed to bombing raids, machine gun fire, snipers and mortar rounds. Holloway was formally mustered out of the Army with a regimental retreat review, "an honor unparalleled in military history for an unwounded, undecorated solider."

In other business on the agenda, the council unanimously approved a revised purchasing policy that works to make the process of procuring new tools and necessities without receiving prior approval a much easier task.

"Very basically, the revised purchasing policy provides a much cleaner format," city manager Bill Fann said. "It clearly stipulates applicable State and Federal legislation dealing with procurement (Section 2), clearly identifies methods of procurement (Section 4), identifies purchasing authority limits and responsibilities (Section 7) and provides an ethics section directly relating to procurement (Part B)."

Under the current purchasing policy, department heads are authorized to spend $500 without prior approval from the city manager; The city manager or Chief Financial Officer may spend up to $10,000 without prior approval from the commission. A limit of $25,000 may be spent for city vehicle procurement.

Clear limitations are set forth by the document's Code of Ethics section, which bar the purchaser from making illegal purchases, using city funds for personal gains, and much more. Officials are also required to maintain records of purchases via reference materials, procurement records, contracts support documents, etc.

The Nov. 13 meeting also marked the group's first meeting since election results came in. Commissioners congratulated incumbents Jordan Hubbard and Matt Foster who each raked in over 200 votes. Newly elected commissioner Jessica Payton, while not present, was given congratulations for earning a spot on the commission.

"It's a true honor," Hubbard said during his commissioner report. "Getting to serve in the city I grew up in."

"This wasn't necessarily a win for me," Foster said. "This is a win for the city of Cedartown. The citizens have shown that they want results."

The Cedartown Commission meets on the second Monday of each month at city hall on Philpot St. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. and last until business is completed.


Rockmart woman: We need guard rail

A Rockmart woman is hoping the City Council can help fix an ongoing problem of her home becoming the target of speeding vehicles leaving the roadway.

Tammie Tucker was one delegate who had a specific request for the council, since she lives in a home that has on several occasions in the past been hit by cars. She has asked the city to place a guard rail in front of her home to prevent further damage.

Tucker told the council that she is tired of pouring money into home repairs, and wants the guard rail be placed on the west side of Goodyear Avenue to stop the frequent car wrecks and repairs that have become an all too common occurrence.

"I moved into that house in 2001," Tucker explained. "My house and my property has been damaged six times by cars," she said.

"I want to see if a guard rail can be put up coming from 278 down Goodyear Avenue on the west side.

"My fence has been hit twice — it happened last year in October. My mailbox has been knocked down three times — the latest: Oct. 6, 2017."

The street in front of Tucker's house sports a 35 mph speed limit, but with limited visibility, speeders are prone to bumping heads with the woman's property.

"The speed limit is 35, but I doubt anyone does 35, and there's nothing to stop the cars. The gentlemen who hit my fence, he fell asleep. I wasn't aware what happened, and I let my dogs out. I was very upset," Tucker said.

"I would really like for the city to help protect my property because I'm forking out money out of my pocket.

Mayor Stephen Miller promised to look into the issue and see how the city could help.

"We will take this under advisement this evening. We can look at what has happened damage wise and see if there's something we can do," Miller explained. "As for a guard rail-we'll have to see. I don't know what the city can do yet."

Miller promised a written response to Tucker before she left the meeting.

The council considered other resolutions. They agreed to advertise a hearing for a conditional use request for Fast Trac Carwash 3, LLC that wants to use Lot 12 of the Euharlee Crossing. The hearing will be held at a future meeting, and those who oppose or approve the request are entitled to share their thoughts at the meeting.

If no objections are raised in the coming months, it will be the third business to open on Rockmart Highway in the past months, and join Chick-fil-A and Martin's restaurant as the latest to build along the access road.

The council officially added their membership to a Fund of Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency — Firefighters Lump Sum Cancer Benefit. The Georgia legislature previously mandated legally organized fire departments provide certain cancer benefits to their firefighters. The Polk County Commission voted to add their funds in the past weeks as well.

The legislature demands coverage be implemented by Jan. 1, 2018, and Rockmart's membership means local firefighters are receiving additional cancer benefits such as a maximum limit of $6,250 per diagnosis of less severe cancers and a maximum limit of $25,000 per diagnosis of severe cancers.

The council also approved a resolution to show their support for House Bill 158, which is legislation coming before the state house and senate this year authorizing a pair of locations to be setup as casino resorts, and to establish a gaming commission to oversee the potential new industry in Georgia.

The meeting ended with council members giving reports and insights into the daily happenings of the city. With a successful year in general, council members applauded each other for a job well done.

"I would just like to compliment the city staff for a fine job," council member Lucile Harris said. "This year and every year, and I'm looking forward to the holiday season."

"I would like to congratulate the city for the Fall festival," council member Sherman Ross said. "It was a great day. The weather was perfect, lots of people came by. The decorations were just awesome."

Hundreds took part in the third annual festival in late October, the final event of the year at Seaborn Jones Park.

The final big event for the city is coming up with the annual Rockmart Christmas Parade being held on Friday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. along downtown streets, ending on South Marble Street with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree by Santa Claus.

The Rockmart council meets on the second Tuesday of each month at city hall, 214 N. Piedmont Ave.


A Thanksgiving Tradition
Giving back to the community

Thanksgiving came early for one family and their friends in Rockmart who are continuing a tradition of giving back to the community with a holiday meal over the weekend.

On Saturday, the Stocks family took over the Nathan Dean Community Center for their annual Thanksgiving meal, this year a much larger scale event that included toys for local youth and gospel music for those who sat and ate.

The annual free meal is continued by Floreace Stocks, who decided several years back that one way she could give back at the holidays was to help those in need get to celebrate as well.

"I've gotten a lot of comments from folks while they were eating," Stocks said. "They said 'this is a wonderful thing, keep doing it.' These people who don't even know me, and they said 'but we love you anyway. Keep doing what you do.'"

It was the message she hoped to hear as her family put together the annual mean ahead of time and continued to do final preparations through the afternoon on additional trays as items ran out. The event also featured gifts for children who ate at the Nathan Dean Community Center in Rockmart, and gospel music throughout the afternoon.

She said numbers of those served this year weren't tallied yet, but that a steady flow of folks hoping to get some turkey and all the fixings continued through the day.

"They're coming in back to back, which is what we hoped to see," Stocks said. The annual Thanksgiving event is just one of many that Stocks has already been involved in this year. That included an August fundraiser for the community-based organization she has helped found, God's Loving Angels, and one upcoming Christmas event at a Bartow Countyarea nursing home.

She hopes the future is bright for the organization, and events that she's planning to help it become a stronger force for good in the community.

"I want to see it grow," Stocks said. "We've already started going out, and we've been to a number of different places helping already... We've got more people coming to us. We feed them, or help them with whatever they need. That's really our goal, is to help people in whatever way we can."

Stocks said any donations or help that anyone would like to give in putting together the event, or with the God's Loving Angels program, would be appreciated. Those interested in lending their assistance can reach her at 678-719-1981.


Adoption provides options for families
• One local family's story of love becomes a symbol for thousands who open their homes to youth in DFCS care.

Kim and Martin West are much like any other married couple who are in love. They look at each other with a twinkle in their eye, sharing unspoken secrets with just an expression.

They finish each others thoughts. They hold hands.

The West family even has their collection of family portraits, featuring the husband and wife and their children in shorts and sandals, and their Christmas card that features Martin and Kim's son Josh in red flannel suits.

However their dream of having a family of their own was close to not coming true, until they decided that if they wanted to share their love they should try a different route: adoption through the foster care system.

They are one of thousands of couples who in the past years have opened their homes and hearts to children who need the love and care the Wests and others like them can provide, which is how they came to be the parents of Simon, of Betenia Faith and of Ollie.

The couple were initially wary of trying to have children, since Martin was coming into their marriage without any previous experience of raising a son or daughter.

Kim had her 13-year-old son Josh when they first met from a previous marriage.

However as time went on, Martin changed his mind.

"So we tried for about two years, and that didn't work out and other adoption things didn't work out, we went the foster care route," West said.

They first tried doctors to have their own child together, but that process wasn't working out for them. They looked into the idea of adopting a child from overseas as other friends had done before, but they were unsettled by shifting laws in Asian countries where adoptions have been easier in the past.

So the West family settled on becoming foster parents, and went through the two-year process of being certified to care for children who come into the care of the state via the Divsion of Family and Children's Services, or DFCS. Simon was six months old when the West's first brought him home in February 2007. He is a special needs child who suffers from a deleted chromosome, thus stunting his development overall. The couple decided that after meeting him and getting to see him start to grow that he should join the family.

"We kind of thought that he was going to be the only one, and that was it," Kim West said.

Then an unexpected surprise, which Kim West explained was centered around their deeply held beliefs in the power of Christ to make things happen in their lives brought another unexpected addition into their home.

"And then we got phone calls, once we were in foster classes and approved, we got a lot of phone calls," Martin West added. "Nothing ever felt right, and then we got a call for a little girl named Faith, about a month later. And so we ended up taking her as well."

Her full name is Betenia Faith, who in Spring 2007 was two years old at the time, joined the family. Kim West said that her husband had counseled her to have faith in the process and to be patient, and then when they got the call about the little girl that became their daughter she was speechless.

"I had to hand the phone over to Martin because I couldn't believe it," she said.

Now the West family had grown in the span of a few months from Martin and Kim and son Josh, to add an infant and a soon-to-be toddler into the mix.

"And we were really done then," Martin West said.

A year later, Simon's mother had another child, Ollie, who joined the family in 2008.

"A lot of people say that they're blessed, and these children are blessed," Kim West said. "They are blessed, but these They're the biggest blessing to us. And though I'll say I didn't have labor pains, there were a different type of pain."

It wasn't easy for the couple. After they got Simon and Faith they had to go through the legal procedures to have them officially adopted, which took another two years.

Via their role as foster parents they went through the roller coaster of biological parents working out plans with the DFCS to try and to get their children back, going back and forth in court before the adoption went through all the while watching their family grow and the personalities of Simon, Faith and Ollie develop.

The West's said that experience of being unsure of whether they would be able to keep the children they loved in their home was the biggest pain they felt.

After all the legalities were settled — a much faster process with Ollie, the West's said — they are just like any other American small town family. Everyone is involved in activities at the First Baptist Church of Cedartown, with Simon being an enthusiastic believer who Martin said inspires the congregation with his love of worship and music. They also spend a lot of time in appointments for therapy.

Faith is a member of the Cedartown Middle School competition cheer squad. Ollie spends a lot of time and gets out a lot of his boyish energy in recreation sports. And the West's wouldn't trade it for the world.

"We're the ones who are so lucky, because if we had a child of our own we'd have one and been done for sure. So I'm just glad it didn't work out that way," Martin West said.

The family does get a lot of questions, since parents don't resemble their children at all, with Simon and Ollie coming from the same mother with different fathers, and Faith completely unrelated.

"We get lots of questions, and lots of looks, and that kind of thing. But that's OK," Martin West said. " I know people are trying to figure us out because we're a blended family. It's a new normal, you could say."

Their adoption story is one of thousands across the state and country that are being celebrated during National Adoption Month through November.

Children from across the state of Georgia are in need of caring families to adopt them.

Bobby Cagle is the former director of the DFCS and has firsthand knowledge about the power of adoption. Cagle's personal story is inspirational. Years ago, the former director was one of those children. He was one of the fortunate ones.

He too was adopted and surrounded by loving, caring, nurturing individuals. While with children's services in Georgia, Cagle brought that same kind of nurturing and compassionate care with him and under his watch case workers and staff followed his lead, demonstrating a kind and sensitive approach to working with families throughout our state. We have every reason to believe the interim director, Virginia Pryor, will lead with the same values.

DFCS describes adoption, unlike foster care, as a permanent, "social and legal process that creates a new family, giving adopted children the same rights and benefits as those who are born into a family. Adoption requires an unconditional commitment by parents to meet the physical, emotional, medical, psychological and social needs of their child."

Most of the children in need of adoption are in the state's foster care, or temporary family, program. Most of the children in foster care have endured some form of abuse or neglect and because of that some may have medical, emotional and/or behavioral needs, according to the department.

Just this year alone in Polk County, some 11 adoptions have been processed in court for children who need loving parents, another 13 in Haralson County according to local DFCS officials. But that's only a small percentage of those dozens who are in foster care today, and need places to go. Especially since on average, between 25 and 30 children are adopted annually between the two counties. Right now, there are about 13,500 children in Georgia foster care and 350 children available for adoption. In 2016, we saw 1,034 children adopted from the State of Georgia — that's 22.7 percent more adoptions than in 2015 — Let's continue the trend through 2017 and into the new year, finding "forever families" for every child in need.


Small Business Saturday is coming this weekend

Small businesses are making themselves known in a big way on Nov. 25 with Small Business Saturday.

As a smaller, local business, competing with mega-retailers and enormous companies is a challenge, but the competition is spiked tenfold by the presence of Black Friday.

Small town businesses don't have the luxury of slashing prices 75 percent, but the Polk County Chamber of Commerce is working to level the playing field by offering incentives to shop local. The event starts with customers grabbing a Shopping Passport from each city's welcome station. Rockmart's station is located 133 S. Marble St., and Cedartown's is located at 306 S. Main St. The passport has details about each participating business including location and goods, and spending $10 or more at any business will earn passport stamps. Those who fill the passport can return to the chamber offices to be entered into a gift-basket giveaway where a winner will be drawn on Friday, Dec. 1.

The gift basket's contents vary, but the organizers have plans for gift certificates from chamber members and other goods. Participating Chamber member businesses include Cedartown's Holmes for Her, Holmes Clothing, Bussey's Florist and Gifts, and Rockmart's The Perch on Marble, Morgan ACE Hardware, Now and Then, and Smith & Lockwood.

Regular Cedartown businesses participating in the event including Kiela's Photo Lab, Southern Sass Boutique, music Depot, Southern Charmed Boutique, McBrayer Furniture, Georgia Computer Depot, Vase Floral Expressions, Merle Normal Cosmetics, and The Brave Sparrow in Cedartown.

Regular Rockmart businesses include Soli's, What's New Consignment and Boutique, Relaxation Corner, Lovely Living, Chick N Scratch, and Treasured Thriftique Antique Mall.

"Our local businesses are geared up for Small Business Saturday and will have lots of great sales and items to check off your Holiday gift list," the chamber's Mandy Mallicoat said. "Our small businesses are the Heart of our Community. They are our neighbors, friends, and family and are invested in seeing that our community's future thrives. When you support our small businesses, you are also helping their children learn to dance, or go to college. You are helping them provide for their families and in return they are giving back to the community to support programs for our youth and our economic growth. I encourage everyone to come out and support our small businesses in our downtown's and across our community on Nov. 25, and every day. Let's make our community great."

Small Business Saturday is a nation-wide shopping holiday held to recognize small businesses' contributions to their communities. Always held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday is held on one of the busiest shopping periods of the year.

Those interested in learning more about Small Business Saturday, The Polk Chamber of Commerce, or their local community can visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1956625707945123/ or contact Mallicoat at 678-831-2893 or mmallicoat@polkgeorgia.com.

'Our local businesses are geared up for Small Business Saturday and will have lots of great sales and items to check off your Holiday gift list.'


AREA CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Crossview Community Church is holding a Community Thanksgiving Potluck Meal on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at 510 N Piedmont Ave., Rockmart. Visit www.rockmartpotluck.com to sign-up now for the free meal. The Thanksgiving outreach includes a giveaway to those in need of blankets, coats, gloves hats and scarves for the winter.

Aragon's annual Christmas Parade is coming up on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, through the mill village at 4 p.m. Call Aragon City Hall at 770-684-6563 for more information about entering a float and participating.

The next spaghetti dinner at American Legion Post 12 will be December 13. Meal served from 5 to 7 p.m. Spaghetti, meatballs, garlic toast and salad, $5, all-you-can-eat. Trivia with Tom and Betty starts at 6 p.m. Come and enjoy a break from shopping and let us cook for you.

Need to get an item onto the Area Calendar of Events? Email kmyrick@npco.com today! All items must be in at least two weeks before the event to appear in the Standard Journal on time.

The Cedartown Christmas Parade is coming up on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 at 6 p.m. along Main Street. Come join in the fun and see Santa Claus, marching bands, and more during the festivities. Visit cedartowngeorgia.gov for more information about entering a float in the procession and to learn more about this year's theme, "Christmas on the Silver Screen."

Spring Creek Baptist Church, located at 2636 Chulio Road, will be having a Drive Through Nativity Experience, "Silent Night" on Dec. 9 and 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Help give a child the gift of reading this holiday season by donating a book to the Department of Family and Children's Services in Polk and Haralson County. Drop off books to the local DFCS office or at the Department of Community Services office through Dec. 4. Books should be appropriate for children one month to 18 years old. Call 770-749-2206 for more on how to participate.

The Rockmart Christmas Parade is coming up on Dec. 1, 2017 at 6 p.m., with "The Sounds of Christmas" as this year's theme. Visit Rockmart-ga.gov for more information about how to register to be involved. The parade has a rain date of Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at 4 p.m.

Order T-shirts now through the Polk County Police Department to help raise funds for the trust of Isaac Hearne. Contact 770-748-7331 to find out more details.

Also selling T-shirts is Sherry Anderson, with the next order being finalized today. Call the City of Aragon 770-684-6563, or through Anderson directly at 678-901-2065 for more information.

Have a fundraising event for the Hearne family? Email kmyrick@npco.com or call 770-748-1520 to share how people can donate to your efforts.

In charge of community relations at your local church? The Polk County Chamber of Commerce would like very much to talk to you. The Chamber is presently in the process of organizing an updated directory listing of all area houses of worship in the community and they are hoping for the help of those organizers who want to get their information to as many people as possible. E-mail Mandy Mallicoat at mmallicoat@polkgeorgia.com or call 770-684-8760 for more information about being included in their updated church directory.

Crossview Community Church is getting ready for helping those in need with their Christmas Shoes Project. Get involved in providing new shoes for children in the community by contacting Crossview at 770-684-4070.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cedartown, Georgia, 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.facebook.com/FamilyQuest42/

The Sit 'n Stitch crafters group meet each Wednesday except the last Wednesday of the month. Bring a sack lunch, a project of your own, or you may help out with a mission project and enjoy fellowship with other crafters. No special skills are required. For details contact Madeline Brown at 678-435-5032.

Check out the Rockmart Farmers Market at the Silver Comet Trailhead behind Southcrest Bank on Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. from now through Thanksgiving. Visit Rockmartfarmersmarket.com for details about vendors and upcoming classes.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are providing 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 Cedartown Optimist Club selling the Turkey Raffle tickets for $1 each and in a giveaway of 15 turkeys this year. Those interested purchase tickets from any Optimist Club member, with all proceeds go to the development of our youth. All ticket sales will end with the raffle drawing scheduled for Nov. 16.

The Ferst Foundation 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.

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 includes cases related to housing, employment, education, domestic violence, consumer fraud, wills, and more. Call 404-206-5175 for more information.

The Polk County Alzheimer's Caregiver Support group will meet monthly on the first Monday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 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 polkcountybeekeepers@gmail.com or visit tinyurl.com/polkbees.

Cedartown Supper Club every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Held at 71 Woodall Road. Seventh-day Adventist Church. Enjoy a vegetarian supper and participate in a lecture on healthy, happy living. Free and for all ages. Each evening provides a different menu and lecture topic. For more information about the supper club call 678-901-9184.

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.forston@dhs.ga.gov or call 1-877-210-KIDS. Visit www.fostergeorgia.com for more information.

Join Paul Craighead at the Rockmart Cultural Arts Center gallery for weekly pottery classes. They are held Tuesday and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for $15 each, and $12 for a Thursday class from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Materials are included in the cost of the classes. Call Paul Craighead at 770-843-5302 with questions. Registration open at the beginning of classes.

Celebrate Recovery continues to meet in the First Baptist Church of Rockmart, 311 E. Elm St., on Monday nights with dinner at 6 p.m. A large group gathers at 7 p.m., and small share group gathers at 8 p.m.

Lutheran Services of Georgia's Heritage Adoption Program partners with DFCS to find Forever Families for children waiting in Georgia's foster care system. Information Sessions open to the general community are held on the third Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Rome Office, located at 336 Broad St., Suite 200. Individual sessions may be scheduled to accommodate families as needed. For more email aweaver@lsga.org or call 706-506-0649.

Soup and "Savior," a local nonprofit organization, meets from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays to provide needed items to deserving people. This includes a free meal (soup), clothing and gives other assistance. Meetings are held at Glad Tidings, located at 703 Robert L Parks Blvd. in Cedartown. Donations are accepted.

All Carroll EMC offices will close Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 in observance of Thanksgiving. During the closing, residents may make payments at the kiosks, automated phone payment system (770-832-3552), online at carrollemc.com or via the free Carroll EMC mobile app. To report a power outage, call 1-877-9-OUT-AGE (1-877-968-8243) or report it online or via the mobile app.

Drug overdoses have become the leading cause of accidental death in the United States with heroin and other opiates being the largest contributor. Don't let a love one struggle with addiction. They do not have to be alone. Narconon can help. Visit narcononnewliferetreat.org/drug-rehab/ or call 1-800-431-1754 for help today.

On Nov. 1, 2017, Tallatoona CAP will begin accepting appointments for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for Senior Households 65 and older and Homebound Households. Appointments for the General Public will be accepted beginning Dec. 1, 2017. Appointments are provided on a first come first served basis until all available funds allocated for the year are exhausted. All 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.

Give a child a safe place to go after school and learn valuable lessons about community, life and academics by getting involved in the Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Georgia in Cedartown. Visit their center at 321 E. Queen St., Cedartown from 2:30 to 6 p.m. on weekdays and bring your children ages 5-18 for afternoon activities. For more information on how to participate or volunteer call 770-749-0869 or email asams@bgcnwga.org.