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Pay study work to delay budget

The Polk County Commission will be pushing back when they'll approve a 2020 fiscal year budget to their August meeting in order to finish up work on a change in the pay scale for employees that began in 2018.

A long-awaited pay study remains in draft form from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia, but it getting close enough to completion for Commissioners to begin discussing how to implement their proposed new pay scale for employees and where funds will come from to ensure the county budget can cover the price tag of between $800,000 and $1.2 million.

Those figures proposed by County Manager Matt Denton during a June 11 budget work session set to discuss the pay study doesn't include the additional money that would be needed to fund increases for the 2020 Fiscal Year.

For now, the county will operate under a continuing resolution as they have in the past few years to settle budget numbers for the coming year, and to figure out whether a millage rate increase will be required as well for the coming tax bills.

Commissioners settled on a plan to

approve the budget in August to allow for county administration the additional time they'll need to make budget adjustments for the year.

"There are several things that we'll go over that I think we'll need to have in place to get the pay system up for consideration," Commission Chair Jennifer Hulsey said during the second budget work session earlier in the month.

No one argued with the idea and to alleviate the budget issue for the time being, commissioners will consider at the beginning of July a continuing resolution to keep the budget figures in place for the time being until everything can be finalized and salary requirements be adjusted in the FY 2020 proposed budget.

County Manager Matt Denton said the move to August approval for the FY 2020 budget will also help in being able to comfortably determine where the millage rate will need to be set ahead of tax bills going out in September to county property owners.

A 48-page draft report provides Polk County with an overview on how the pay study was conducted, and what methodology they used to determine what positions would be classified in the new pay scale structure.

It required the Carl Vinson Institute to generate new position descriptions, to put in place a grading system of where those job should be in the pay scale based on both the requirements of the job and market trends around the area and state, and to then generate two different tables for the pay scale: one for general employees, and one specifically tailored to those in public safety.

Those pay scales are designed to take into account both the number of years on the job an employee has, plus their level of training or higher education attained for their position.

So for instance where the pay scale starts at a proposed $19,807 for a brand new, Grade A-7 employee who doesn't have a year of experience yet, it can go all the way to a Grade V-24 at $111,944 for an employee with 40-plus years of experience and education in an administrative position. On average and in draft form, employees under a general government pay scale in the county could range from $30,000 to $50,000 a year in salary compensation based on years of experience and their job grade.

This is completely separate from the grading scale put in place for Public Safety officials. Their salary requirements, say for an Animal Control officer with no experience, could be $25,015 a year and range to a 40-year veteran of the department at a proposed $37,915 a year. The dispatchers and operators within 911 would start at a proposed $28,441 a year for a salary, and go up to $51,449 a year based on experience of again someone with 40-plus years of service.

Polk County Police Officers would be in three different grade ranges and run from $34,889 a year to upward of $61,918 a year based on experience and time in uniform. Sheriff's deputies and jailers would have seven grades ranging from a proposed beginning salary of $28,251 a year for the first grade, all the way to $77,026 a year at the highest grade with the most time in uniform with the county at 40-plus years.

There's an alternate version of the pay scale tables for Public Safety officials that brings some of the first-year costs down, and would start an Animal Control officer out at $27,659 for a brand new employee and range upward to $41,922 a year in salary for those with 40-plus years experience in the department. The 911 service would start dispatchers out at around $30,000 a year under this plan, and they would cap out at more than $54,000 a year annually.

Police officers, Sheriff's deputies and jailers in an alternate pay table have similar salaries adjusted as well.

Additionally, there's one other side of the new pay scale that will increase costs as well in the form of payroll taxes and benefits for employees. Both the cost of paying the county's portion of coverage for federal and state income and payroll deductions like Social Security and Medicare taxes will have to be accounted for as the pay scale increases for each employee, as well as for covering retirement benefits as well.

Current full-time payroll according to the report for the county is more than $8.3 million. Under either plan, it would at least send payroll to at the low end $9.1 million, or under the alternate plan upward of more then $9.1 million.

Some of the payroll — especially in areas like specialized positions within the court system needed for day-today operations — are funded through the help of state or federal grants which does defer some of the annual payroll costs. Much of the salary burden for full and part time employees still falls on county administration and commissioners to find additional funding within the budget.

The report generated pay figures based on not just the grade of the position, but how similar or same positions within surrounding counties and those around the state with similar populations as Polk County paid to employees.

Those included Bartow, Carroll, Douglas, Paulding, Gordon, Baldwin, Colquitt, Gilmer, Habersham and Murray counties, alongside the Cities of Carrollton, Douglasville, Rome, Acworth, Cartersville, Powder Springs, Cedartown, Rockmart and Buchanan. Additional wage study figures were also used in calculations from Banks, Chattooga, Elbert, Fannin, Franklin, Greene, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties.

"The information on this survey helped assess the competitiveness of Polk County's salaries to the broader labor market (all industry sectors) within the North Georgia non-metropolitan area," the study reported.

Officials from the Carl Vinson Institute said in their draft study provided to the county commission that compression of salaries between employees with different levels of experience might be an issue based on the new grading system, which was built into the final cost of the two alternate pay grade plans. So they suggest a one-time adjustment to fix the problem for only eligible employees.

"The eligibility for the compression adjustment is based on two factors. The first criteria is an employee's time in their current position with Polk County. The second eligibility requirement for the compression adjustment is related to an employee's proposed salary relative to their step on the compensation plans," the report stated. "As a reminder, the Institute of Government designed the steps on all of the compensation plans to be linked to an employee's time in their current position."

Another suggestion within the draft report that will also increase payroll costs in the future is the need for annual market adjustment to salaries to remain competitive, along with "additional in-range salary adjustments (i.e. step increases, etc.) to individual employees based solely on or a combination of their length of service, performance, and knowledge/skill acquisition. These individual adjustments would be applied as an increase within the respective salary range of each employee."

"Thus, Polk County may budget for two annual personnel cost adjustments: 1) an across-the-board increase which raises every employee's salary and pay equally when market conditions dictate, and 2) annual individual employee increases linked to employee service, knowledge/skill acquisition, and/or performance," the report stated.

Additional discussion was held during the June budget work session over how annual step increases for cost of living adjustments will be handled under the new pay scale, and Denton asked the commission when they do make those annual adjustments to stick with a flat rate, and not something like 1.25 or 1.75 percent to make figuring out the costs of annual adjustments easier.

Denton also pointed out that some people with more specialized education or training — such as a mechanic with technical certificates or someone with a degree in a field that will further their benefit to the county as an employee — should also get additional grade steps added to their salary requirements.

He pointed toward the idea that "we'll get a more well-rounded employee" out of those with advanced degrees being hired or those who are willing to continue their education.

"You could fit in any position that would benefit from that degree," Denton said.

Commissioners agreed in principle, but pointed out that some limitations needed to be put in place based on the type of degree. For instance, commissioners pointed toward the example of a mechanic's training being of more value than that of say, a dental hygienist who might seek the same position in Public Works, but not have the same background.

The County Commission's Finance Committee is gathering Wednesday afternoon for a meeting to discuss any potential errors that might need correction by the Carl Vinson Institute, as well as work to finalize where funds in the annual budget will be drawn from to help cover the cost of pay scale adjustments. That meeting is being held at 2 p.m. in the County Administration's conference room in Cedartown.


Aragon council approves new attorney hire

As Aragon bids farewell to long-time city attorney Zachary Burkhalter, they welcome Frank Beacham in his place.

The Brinson, Askew and Berry attorney out of Rome is a partner in the law firm with long experience within the legal system including a stint as a clerk for the Honorable Harold L. Murphy, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Beacham was given unanimous approval from the city council during their recent regular session following Burkhalter's departure. This marks the third attorney the council has employed since 2014. Previously, Vickey Atkins held the post of city attorney.

It should be noted that, while neither Beacham nor Burkhalter were present, Mayor Garry Baldwin and the council members did have supervision from a guest attorney during the June 20 meeting to ensure legal ethicality.

As Aragon's new attorney, Beacham will be responsible for providing legal consultation, aiding with contract interpretation, handling employment claims litigation, working with real-estate transactions and developments, handling business transactions, and dealing with certain other litigation matters.

He may be new to Aragon, but he has a long history of working with municipalities.

During 18 years of practicing law in Georgia, he spent eight of those years as Rome's Assistant City Attorney. He's currently in his fourth year in the same post for the City of Cave Spring, and he has recently taken up new duties for the City of Plainville's legal representative.

Beacham received his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1985 and his J.D., Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2001, where he served on the Georgia Law Review, was a recipient of the Sigmund Cohn Scholarship, and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Numerous other achievements lined his proposal — enough to have won the favor of the council. The group offered little comment and seemed confident in their pick.

Though, with a new attorney, new fees naturally follow.

Beacham's firm does not require an annual retainer and they don't 'block bill' or provide 'flat-rate' billing.

Instead, Aragon will be billed by the hour, in one-tenth of an hour increments, for what makes up monthly statements based on the work and services actually performed. Beacham, alongside the other four proposed attorneys, come at rates of $170 per hour.

Those interested in more details about Beacham and the firm can find more information by visiting https://www.brinsonaskew.com/.

Aragon did spend some funds on a new smoke detector and a new smart-sign for aid in police endeavors.

While the June 20 agenda had numerous other items, the approval of the annual pay raise, the approval of Zoning Ordinance changes, the approval of a new police applicant, and approval of many of the sealed bids were all tabled.

The group still plans to tackle the issues, but voting will come after a few more rounds of discussion.


AG DAY HELD AT CHICK-FIL-A
Rockmart restaurant hosts fun for youth, camp out

The Georgia Farm Bureau and Chick-Fil-A Rockmart recently joined hands to make Community Ag Day a reality in Polk, and dozens of locals gathered at the restaurant for a day of educational activities and lessons.

The events were held across five different stations-each focused on a different aspect of agriculture and livestock. As children zipped between each, they got a chance to learn about the life cycle of chickens, make their own butter, learn how to plant seeds, take a food safety tour inside of Chick-Fil-A, and watch a cow get milked inside the Mobile Dairy Classroom.

Volunteers and staff from the bureau were present to teach about the various topics, but the kids also got hands-on, practical experience at each station. Instead of just watch the butter be made, children could be seen shaking and stirring it on their own, and there was even a chance for families to sit inside a few farm-based vehicles.

Polk County Farm Bureau President James Casey hoped the children would leave with a better understanding of where their food came from and realize that agriculture is still a thriving, worthwhile industry.

"(I hope they understand) that agriculture is still alive and well," Casey said. "It's very important to all of us."

The June 21 Ag Day was one of many events the Georgia Farm Bureau has held for the same purpose. Farm Day, for example, is a similar event where youth are invited out to learn about animals, crops, and other farm-based goods.

"What we're trying to do there is get children to think about where their food comes from," Casey said. "But we want them to have a fun day so they have pleasant memories of that. We show them animals and all sorts of stuff then feed them ice cream and peanuts and hope they enjoy it."

The Georgia Farm Bureau is a voluntary agricultural organization with now nearly 300,000 member families. It's meant to help grassroots farmers and agriculture itself have a bigger voice, and numerous benefits are available to those who purchase a membership.

"We're involved in a lot of things, but the main thing we're trying to do is be a voice for the Georgia farmers," Casey said.

Those interested in finding out more about the bureau can visit https://www.gfb.org/for more information. More information about Rockmart Chick-Fil-A can be found at https://www.facebook.com/cfarockmart/.


Meeting coming up Thursday for public comment on Cedartown bridge replacement

Plans will be available for view and people will be allowed to record their comments for the record in an upcoming session being hosted by the Georgia Department of Transportation's plan to replace the bridge on North Main Street.

The public detour open house to discuss the Georgia DOT's additional need to flow traffic around the proposed construction project off Main Street and on to other corridors available to drivers. The event is scheduled for Thursday, June 27 from 5 until 7 p.m. at Cedartown City Hall, located at 201 East Avenue..

Local residents interested in learning more about the proposed project are encouraged to attend the meeting and express their thoughts and preferences.

"We would like to hear the viewpoints and concerns of all area residents," says Grant Waldrop, district engineer at the Georgia DOT office in White in a press release.

The proposed plans call for replacing the existing bridge over Cedar Creek Tributary with a new structure and new roadway approaches. This bridge was built in 1938 and widened in 1949.

It is classified as having an unknown foundation. Due to the age of the bridge and its current conditions, it has been recommended for replacement. The proposed mainline would consist of two 11-foot travel lanes, one 14-foot center turn lane with curb and gutter, and sidewalks. It is anticipated the bridge will be closed to traffic and reconstructed in the existing location with an offsite detour.

This public information open house will provide the public with an opportunity to view the proposed project, ask questions, and comment on it.

"The Georgia DOT strongly believes that since this project is intended to serve the people of Cedartown and Polk County, the ideas and preferences of these people are important and can make a difference in our planning," Waldrop explains. "This meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to review the proposed project, ask questions, and express their preferences."

The Open House will be informal and the public is invited to attend any time between 5 and 7 p.m. The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged with advance notice by calling Joseph Ciavarro District Planning & Programming Engineer at 678-721-5164 phone number.

Written statements will be accepted concerning this project until Thursday, July 11, 2019. Written statements may be submitted to Mr. Eric Duff, State Environmental Administrator, Georgia Department of Transportation Office of Environmental Services at 600 West Peachtree Street, N.W. – 16th Floor, Atlanta, Ga., 30308.

Documents available on the GDOT website state the bridge is in fair condition overall and the deck in good condition, but the 81-yearold structure was built with a "H-15 vehicle, which is below current design standards."

Construction isn't slated to start anytime soon, but when they do they plan to not just replace the bridge with one meeting current standards. GDOT is also planning to replace a section of the roadway north and south that will lead up to the new structure, starting 400 feet southwest of the Vance Avenue intersection and ending 260 northeast of the intersection with West Girard Avenue.

"Due to the age of the structure, structural integrity of the bridge pertaining to the design vehicle, and the unknown foundation of the substructure, replacement of this bridge is recommended," the report stated.

With all that in mind, GDOT will also have to work out how to handle currently buried utility lines and power poles near the structure. Those include gas, fiber optic lines for internet service, lines from AT&T, water and sewer from the City of Cedartown and Georgia Power electrical distribution lines.

The report stated that of two options available for the bridge's replacement, they are going with the $2.1 million cost and 12 month construction timetable.


Pair found dead at Cleo Street home in Cedartown

Neighbors gathered around the last house on Cleo Street in Cedartown last Wednesday evening after a woman was found dead inside a home and a man out in the yard.

According to a release from the City of Cedartown, Stephanie Lopez, 22, and Tevin Frazier, 25, both of Cedartown died of gunshot wounds at 1019 Cleo Street on Wednesday, June 19. Both were pronounced dead on the scene by personnel from the Polk County Coroner's Office around 6 p.m., Coroner Tony Brazier reported.

Both Lopez and Frazier's bodies were transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for autopsies, Brazier added. Funeral arrangements weren't available at the time this story was completed. The city's release reported that an investigation is ongoing as law enforcement officers continue to piece together the sequence of events that lead to the deaths. However, Newsome explained that due to the circumstances no suspects were being sought following the shooting by police. Newsome said that a call was placed to Polk 911 at approximately 6 p.m. in reference to a woman being

shot. Upon arrival, Cedartown officers found Frazier dead on the lawn from what appeared to be a single gunshot wound. Upon entering the residence, officers found Lopez in the living room, dead from a gunshot wound. Cedartown Police, Cedartown Fire and Rescue and Redmond EMS all responded to the Cleo Street home. No further information was expected from the city about the deaths at this time. The events last week marked the fifth shooting incident of the year so far in Polk County that resulted in injury or death. Since the beginning of May alone, this marked the fourth shooting reported in Cedartown and Rockmart.


AREA CALENDAR OF EVENTS

The Cedartown Farmer's Market has a new location and time for the 2019 season. Marketgoers are invited to come out to the corner of Ware and South Main Street in Cedartown starting this past Tuesday, June 18 from 1 to 5 p.m. Contact Five Cedars Farm to participate at 678-246-1216 to learn more about becoming a vendor.

Fairview Baptist Church of Rockmart is hosting their one-day "Moose on the Loose" Vacation Bible School on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All are welcome to join in the celebrations at 881 Fairview Road.

The 100 Black Men of Rome-Northwest Georgia is set to hold their 25th anniversary gala on Saturday, June 29 at the Forum River Center in Rome starting with a social hour at 7 p.m., and a program from 8 to 10 p.m. A grand party concludes the evening at 1 a.m. featuring musician/saxophonist Mike Philips. Gala tickets are $100 and includes dinner and the grand party following. All proceeds will go towards our programs such as Mentoring, Health & Wellness, Foundation Camp, Education, Robotics, and Economic Empowerment. For more information, sponsorships, or tickets contact Rayford Horne at 678-231-5361 or James Lee at 706-936-6159 or go to http://www.100bmor.org/gala.html.

The First Baptist Church of Cedartown is hosting a Patriotic Celebration Worship Service on Sunday, June 30 at 11 a.m. Blessed is the Nation whose God is Lord, and the church plans to live in that spirit as they will recognize servicemen from each branch of the service. Come and be a part of this Patriotic Service!

Summer Fun Day is coming to One Door Polk for local families and youth on Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., specifically tailored toward children birth to third grade. Want to volunteer? Contact admin@polkcouncil.com for more information.

Vacation Bible School is coming up at First Baptist Church of Cedartown on July through July 12. This year's theme is "In the Wild." The ending celebration of VBS will be held during Sunday morning services on July 14. Register at fbccedartown.org.

Come enjoy an day in the park with good food and music on July 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Seaborn Jones Park where Feed My Sheep Ministry will be holding a Fish Fry to raise funds for their annual Thanksgiving Dinner coming up later this year. Money raised will go toward the purchase of toys and food for the meal. Gospel signing will be part of the day of fun at the Fish Fry. Those interested in helping out can contact Floreace Stocks at 678-719-1981.

Outreach Tabernacle and Gospel Music Park in Muscadine, Alabama is hosting a Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 29 at 2 p.m. Central. Everyone is welcome, and everything is free with several events during the day including a gospel concert, gospel talent share-a-thon and more. They are located at 1351 County Road 31 in Muscadine, Ala., 36269. Call 770-712-1032 or 770-826-1759 for more.

Kathy Torres is offering Paint Parties on Tuesday, July 16 and August 27 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for $20 each, which includes all supplies, at the Rockmart Cultural Arts Center. Have a fun time and take home a painting you made yourself.

RCAC has classes for toddlers, children and adults at the Rockmart Cultural Arts Center in drawing, painting, photography, yoga, chorus, piano, whittling, and pottery. For more information, call 770-684-2707 or email rcac@rockmart-ga.gov

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 & 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 our office at 770-749-0869 or email asams@bgcnwga.org.

The Rockmart History Museum on South Marble Street in downtown Rockmart is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Saturday 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Museum welcomes visitors and group tours. Contact Pat Sampson at 678-764-5201 for information. RHM meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month and volunteers are welcome and encouraged to take part.

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 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.

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 American Legion in Rockmart is hosting their monthly all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner coming up this Wednesday, July . Meal of spaghetti, meatballs, garlic toast and salad, $5. They hold dinners on the third Wednesday of every month. Join the group for a good meal and to support veteran and children's programs. The Legion is located at 1 Veterans Circle, Rockmart.

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 howardd999@yahoo.com for more information.

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.

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 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.

Did you know that nationwide the American Red Cross assists 53 people every 60 seconds during personal and local disasters? Our Northwest Georgia Red Cross Chapter serves Polk County. If you'd like to do some meaningful volunteering, please contact Arthene Bressler at 762-231-9896 and visit our website at www.redcross.org/local/georgia.

Save the date: The Boys and Girls Club of NWGA is hosting a Polk County Golf Tournament on Friday, Aug. 16 at 9 a.m. at the Cherokee Golf and Country Club. Find more information at bgcnwga.org or call 706-234-8591.

Get assistance

Do you think you might be pregnant? You can know for sure. Contact Life Matters Outreach today to schedule a free pregnancy test. You have a right to know all the options available to you. We offer free evidence-based education and resources so that you can make a well-informed decision. The services provided at LMO Pregnancy Care Center are free of charge. Clients are treated with respect and unconditional acceptance. We are here to help YOU. Call 770-748-8911 for more information.

Victory Baptist Church's Bread of Life Food Pantry is now open. One bag of nonperishable 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.

Community Share Ministries is hosting "Hope for the Hungry" on the first Tuesday of every month to provide food assistance to the community. They'll be in town again on Tuesday, June 4. Food is provided free of charge, and no identification is required to get help. Those interested can visit Community Share Ministries Cedartown thrift store at 1116 N. Main St., Cedartown.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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, email justusmin.org@gmail.com, or visit Justusministries.com.

A caregivers support group meets on the second Monday of each month at 11 a.m. at Rockmart Presbyterian Church. Call 770-684-6289 for more information.

Take back your life and get help. Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free for screenings or referrals at 1-800-431-1754.

Churches

The Rev. Gilbert Richardson and the Ware's Grove Church family of 200 Potash Road, invite everyone to join the Impact Service held each Sunday at 9:45 a.m., followed by regular worship services at 11:15 a.m. Bible class is held Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.

Anna Kresge United Methodist Church invites children, kindergarten age through middle school, to come to Kresge Kids each Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Supper is provided. There is also a high school youth program as well. For more information, call 706-346-3100.

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. Thomas Hall at 706-836-7378 or email tg.hall@ngumc.net for more information or questions. The church also updates weekly on their website at rockmartumc.org.

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