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Polk close to flooding after weeklong rainfall

How will people in Polk County likely remember the past days, and probably the month of February? It's been wet.

Mother Nature let loose the waterworks for several days over the whole region, prompting flood watches and seeing areas around Euharlee Creek and Cedar Creek become temporary swamps. Baseball fields were left empty at the high schools, tennis courts were drowned out for the whole week. No practice was possible on Biggers Field, which ended up completely underwater by week's end.

As of last Friday when the paper was being wrapped up, at least 7 inches of rain had come down, and more was expected to add to the total for the week.

Unfortunately, there's the potential for more rain on the way.

During last week's rainfall, Cedartown's Public Works department did report a sewer spill due to the large amount of rainfall. Somewhere between 6,000 and 8,000 gallons of sewage escaped the system during localized flooding around Spruce Street, where one of the flood pumps stations became overwhelmed by the amount of water.

They did take some measures to clean up the area, but wet weather continued throughout the week and waters rose further. To the point where officials in Cedartown shut down a portion of Furnace Street that connects West Avenue with Wissahickon Avenue that became flooded by Big Spring.

City Manager Bill Fann said that flooding began after officials took the steps to close flood gates that control the flow of water into Cedar Creek from the spring, which supplies Cedartown with water.

In Rockmart, the floodwaters rose in Seaborn Jones Park as they usually do, but hadn't completely inundated the area as of Friday morning last week.

Rainfall was expected to continue through most of the weekend at press time, and clear up as the week began.

However the forecast as it stood at press time was not good overall for Polk County to get rid of the excess water. Potential for additional rainfall to close out February starts today (Wednesday for the print subscribers who get the paper on Tuesday) with some slight chances for midweek showers to return. (At the time and fortunate for all the percentage of potential rain was 30 percent.)

The early week forecast did provide some hope of sunshine, and with temperatures more in the spring-like range. At one point during the month, the thermometer in the area was well above 70 degrees.

Check back on weekday mornings for updated forecasts for Polk County from the National Weather Service, and fingers crossed that everyone gets a chance to dry out.


Aragon still facing cash shortfalls
• Emergency funds remains unopened as of February session, money used to keep General Fund on a positive balance

The hope for the City of Aragon is to hold on for a few more months and only spend when absolutely necessary as they wait for infusion of revenue to help bulk up their bank accounts and keep operations on track.

Aragon's financial consultant Rick Hartley said the city needs to stay away from any capital expenditures and stay small until checks come in covering local property taxes, utility franchise payments and stay conservative in the months to come to avoid running out of funds.

For the past several months, the Aragon City Council has questioned why expenditures keep overrunning the amount of revenue available, forcing officials to dip into funds set aside in the Special Assets Account, and have not yet opened an account the council voted to open and put strict stipulations on the use of that money.

"I've already looked at – and this is just preliminary – I've already looked at what we brought in for this month and what we've spent," Hartley said. "We're in the red by $10,900. But the good news is that next week we're getting the $12,000 LOST check, which will help us get through that."

He said unless an emergency comes up, the city has already covered expenses for the month of February, and payroll won't push through again until March 1.

"On March 1, we hope to get our power check from Georgia Power. Last year it was $34,300," Hartley said. "So I'm hopeful that it's at least that, if not even more."

Additional funds have come and gone from the city's coffers, and Hartley is hopeful that by the end of the month this week and heading into the rest of the fiscal year that closes in June, the city can continue operating without issues.

"I'm hoping that we'll have a positive month for a change, and then we're rolling into tax season and collections and so we'll have a few good months, and then hopefully we can funnel some of that money into the savings fund," Hartley said.

Council member Debbie Pittman asked if the account – which was approved to be open in late 2018 – had been opened, Hartley said it hadn't. When pressed by Council member Judd Fee about the legalities of whether consequences were involved for having not yet followed the council's order they sealed in a vote.

"We're all trying to do what is best for the city," he said. "But my question is what happens when something like the Emergency Fund isn't opened but was established by the council. What happens when things don't get done?"

City Attorney Zach Burkhalter said that if the council voted for it to be established and it wasn't opened, then that could be a potential problem. However, he did point out that if no funds were available at the time to open the account immediately, it couldn't be established.

Funds were supposed to be used to open that account from the sale of equipment Public Works previously owned to collect trash, and the cans the city gave out to account holders to roll out on the roadway. Those all were rounded back up and sold and the city instead used the money to put back into the Special Assets Account.

A transfer back out of $13,173 during January was used to pad the general fund balance, leaving the Special Assets Account with only $1,145 at the end of Jan. 31.

The city used an additional $5,854 from the Special Assets Account to pay Waste Industries their monthly costs.

Other funds on the city's books include $10,232 from the 2014 Special Purpose, Local Option Sales Tax fund and an additional $88,039 in SPLOST Recreation fund.

Another $539 was available in the Police Department's seizure fund.

No immediate balance was available as of press time.

"January and February were tough, we got pretty low into the bank account," Hartley said.

He did add that plans are to establish the Emergency Fund account to grow a surplus again once tax collections are in, and insurance premium checks later in the coming fall months to pad the account.

Part of the problem is general spending and larger bills than expected. Revenue and expenditures don't always match up to the time of the year when the city needs money, and in some cases bills come in greater than expected. Mayor Garry Baldwin pointed to a $24,000 Workers Compensation Insurance bill the city wasn't expecting to have to pay out as one reason why it has been hard for the city to catch up. Hartley added turnover and capital expenditures also haven't helped.

"It's got to get to the point where we've got to push stuff aside, and I think part of the problem was with the Special Assets was there wasn't a policy for what it was to be used for," Hartley said. "... It's gone now. I'm not going to play the blame game. We're all in this together."

However, financial controls put in place by the council to curtail spending issues by placing limits of $50 on personnel and Mayor Garry Baldwin as the upper limit for being able to use funds without putting in a request to Hartley haven't been followed.

When asked pointedly, Hartley said those controls haven't been followed fully, even though the Council approved a spending limit in past months.

"I don't see everything, no," Hartley said.

Pittman added that "That's what we said. That everything was supposed to be going through you."

Obviously, some bills like power, water and internet have to be paid. But other spending is happening without his authorization.

"We've got that issue, we've got the issue with the debit card, and we've got the issue with the Emergency Fund," Fee said. "All of these things that have passed, and none of it has been done."

Debit cards were supposed to be locked up, but Baldwin said they weren't because "we have to use them." He further explained they were being used to pay bills.

"We're just making sure this is being followed the way we set it up," Pittman said.

Baldwin added that he's not tracking "every single dime, but I know pretty well what's... everything major that we need to do Rick is in on. We talk frequently, every nickel and dime."

The discussion over finances continues in Aragon, but for the second month in a row the council decided not to put forth a motion to approve the monthly financial statements and the measure died without a vote.

See this story online for additional documentation and audio from both the council's work session and regular sessions last week.


Employee safety and security a focus for County Committee

Security is a growing concern for Polk County officials within their several buildings, and the needs for greater protections only grows after an assessment was made by the Polk County Sheriff's Office on local facilities.

County Commissioners heard from the Sheriff's Office's Captain Scott Ford in a follow-up after he provided additional instruction and heard the concerns of employees during a recent tour of county buildings, and made several suggestions on how improvements can be made with some immediate low-cost spending, and other areas that might cost additional funds.

More specifically, Ford wants to see items like panic buttons that can alert 911 of issues immediately of problems or a situation like an active shooter and send officers immediately to a facility, and ways for people to escape but also block the ability of a shooter to get at employees or those who are coming in for legitimate business.

"We went through most of all the buildings and went through and heard what their concerns were about their safety," Ford said.

He pointed toward examples of disgruntled citizens coming in to county buildings wanting to discuss a problem that might be armed, and toward heightened security needs ahead of the forthcoming 2020 Presidential election as another.

Some protections already exist for Polk County buildings. For instance in the County Administration building in Cedartown, the interior includes several vault spaces for people to utilize in such an instance, and some protections for people who are looking to get out.

However, Ford said the county needs to look at barriers within these offices and buzzer systems to control the access of people who might come in with ill intentions in mind. He also wants to look at securing doors at county buildings to ensure public access is limited to certain areas, and in specific addressed the need for greater courthouse security.

That would include blocking access between the two side courthouse entrances in Cedartown, and also look to block roadway access between and behind the courthouse to provide greater security access for judges and court employees overall.

He specifically said the idea behind closing off the space between the two courthouses were to provide greater security to keep inmates within a controlled area and prevent the potential for escape.

"We've got several high profile court cases coming up," Commission Chair Jennifer Hulsey added.

She said it was an area the county needed to address soon as those cases come to trial, including the recent shooting death of four and injuring of a fifth victim in Rockmart in January, and the shooting death of Det. Kristen Hearne in 2017 as that case progresses in court.

A greater amount of security cameras are also needed for many of the buildings, Ford said. That would provide employees the ability to ensure that when they are walking out to their vehicles, they will know if someone is waiting for them in the parking lot or if people who aren't supposed to be in an area are skulking about.

Ford said he met with employees first as a group as he went from building to building, then heard from individual departments as his assessment went along.

He did add that employees questioned a county policy that doesn't allow them to carry firearms into buildings for their own self-protection, but does allow citizens to bring in weapons with proper permitting as a sidearm into the county administration building, as an example.

The county could potentially bar people from entering the administration building – again as an example – from carrying handguns within, but would have to post signs and a security checkpoint at entrances to the building. Or any building that the county wanted to specifically bar weapons from within (which at the moment includes the pair of Polk County Courthouses, where those who want to conduct business within find themselves facing metal detectors and Sheriff's deputies.)

Security and safety of county employees will continue as an on-going discussion as more specific requests are turned into potential projects for upgrades within the building. However, the county is wary of investing too much money into facilities they may one day seek to replace or completely renovate in the future.

Commissioner Chuck Thaxton pointed toward that and needs for upgrades at several volunteer fire stations around Polk County as examples of how the county might get greater benefits from full upgrades of facilities through planning now, instead of looking to make changes from one area to the next without a cohesive vision in mind.

The Public Safety Committee's February session focused too on the volunteer fire stations and getting back into planning for the future of the department, with a specific immediate request for an upgrade from Public Safety Director Randy Lacey.

Lacey asked the committee to look at upgrading software capabilities for the department which would help in tracking hours for volunteer firefighters and speed up the flow of reporting for state and insurance requirements.

He said it wasn't yet programmed into his budget for FY 2020, but that he planned to add the cost of the software with the Commission's approval. He also said getting broadband to a few of his stations remains difficult, and that too was an area where Hulsey said the county already was working toward making improvements.

Connectivity issues are being felt at the most rural of stations in Antioch and Esom Hill, where prior to Lacey's arrival didn't have phone service. They do now have fax machines able to send reports, but he said they don't always work.

The committee also heard updates on the roofing project at the Polk County Jail, which was on an immediate hold due to wet weather last week, and from Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd, who said the department headquarters roof had also sprang leaks and needed repairs.


Cottage-style nursing care coming to Rockmart
Groundbreaking held for first of it's kind facility in Georgia focused around home-style care at The Cottages at Rockmart

The week got started off in Rockmart with officials getting right down to business as the first shovel of dirt was moved on a project several years in the making.

Expect construction for The Cottages at Rockmart to be completed before year's end for the new skilled nursing and rehab community that looks to bring to Polk County a new way of providing skilled care for the elderly.

Officials from the City of Rockmart, all around Polk County and Reliable Health Care Management, who are developing the property at 750 Goodyear Ave., enjoyed lunch from The Varsity and frozen yogurt for dessert from Jandy's ahead of festivities for the groundbreaking ceremony on Feb. 18.

Its a development in Polk County that's a long time coming for the co-owner of the new facility.

"I've been working on this for six or seven years, and especially the last five years we've been really trying to make this happen," Andrew Morris of Reliable Health Care Management said.

The Cottages at Rockmart is a new standard in the state for elder care, one focused around designing for both providing for the health needs of residents while also keeping them in a comfortable environment that looks a lot like home.

Morris said it is a model that he went looking around for more than a decade to find.

"There's not any around here," he said. "I've been studying what's called the household model and culture change for probably about seven years now.

He traveled as far away as Wisconsin, New York and the Carolinas to find facilities that matched the vision he had in mind, and said this will be the first of its kind in the state of Georgia.

"It works beautifully," Morris said. "The residents seem to be happier, they have a greater will to live, and they have a greater amount of participation in their care. They get things done for them on their schedule rather than the staff's schedule, because it's much smaller home-like atmosphere."

The typical layout of a nursing home is usually centralized in one location, with all the people within cared for by staff, taking meals in dining rooms, activities and the like within a single large building divided on the inside by rooms.

Instead of that model, The Cottages of Rockmart will divide residents in the 116 bed facility into 8 households, each containing private rooms with their own bathrooms for each resident. So instead of elderly patients going to a dining room to eat with others on a schedule, they have instead the freedom to get up at their own pace and go to a smaller kitchen like they did at home. They'll have a living room area to sit and enjoy the company of their housemates.

They'll still enjoy the same level of care, get to know the staff as intimately as a family member. The Cottages at Rockmart just takes a different approach with the model, mixing home health care and residential facility care into one community-based model.

Reliable Health Care Management wants to drive resident's lives toward what it was like at home – mainly being in the social areas of a home or the kitchen – instead of keeping to their rooms.

The best part is the short distances residents will have to travel to have all their needs catered to when they live at the Cottages of Rockmart.

"They'll be able to smell the cooking, which will help with their appetite," Morris said. "They get to participate. If they want to help wash their personal laundry, we will help them do that."

Families won't have to go through a check-in process when they come to visit either, and it will feel more like pulling up to the family homestead in a neighborhood than a true facility.

"They'll go ring the doorbell at the front door just like they were going to someone's home," Morris said.

He said the idea was to give residents more dignity as they continue in their elder years and need greater amounts of help and care on a full time basis.

"It gives them more meaning," he said.

At present, Morris operates Cedar Springs Health and Rehab with 62 residents receiving care. All of those will get to move into the forthcoming facility, leaving an additional 54 rooms that will be available for new additions to the cottages.

Morris expects once construction finishes before the end of 2019 – he's hoping for a 10-month timetable to complete the development – the Cedartown facility will be closed up.

"We may sell that to someone for another purpose," Morris said.

The eight residential building and an administrative building were designed by Christopher Baldwin of Baldwin Architectural Group of Atlanta. Van Winkle Construction of Atlanta will be the lead contractor on the project.

The latest development brings more expansion along the corridor around the Nathan Dean Bypass in Rockmart which Mayor Steve Miller said continues growth begun more than a decade ago. He added that it comes to also fill a growing need in a new way.

"To be the first in the State of Georgia is quite an honor," he said. "We're looking forward to a long association with the folks who are running The Cottages at Rockmart."


Water Treatment plant project making progress

Officials from the state's Environmental Protection Division were on hand during a wet early week stop in Polk County to see the progress being made on the Mulco-Ammons Springs Water Treatment Facility construction, slated to be completed before year's end.

Polk County Water Authority General Manager Jack Damron, along construction officials and engineer Ronnie Wood were joined by members of the EPD's Watershed Protection Branch to show off the thus far completed work, and discuss plans for completing the project.

"We had the opportunity to host a visit from Mr. Peter Mwogu from EPD and his staff and engineering team to discuss the progresst to-date on plant construction and ideas and recommendations from Peter on "best practices" for a successful completion," Damron wrote in a press release following the visit. "The plant is currently ahead of schedule and set to go into operation in early summer of 2019."

Damron said specifically that construction is ahead by several weeks, but that schedule will be difficult to keep if rainy weather keeps preventing workers from getting major jobs accomplished. If the weather continues to cooperate, Damron said that target timeline of early summer is likely.

Much of the project is already completed or in the works. Piping, the clear well that holds the processed water to distribute out and walls are up and now waiting for a roof.

"The filters themselves are instaleld and ready to be tested and started up," Damron said.

As well as being closer to completion, the project is set to save around 10 to 12 percent over the original expected costs. Damron added though that includes the caveat of "assuming no major setbacks" as construction is wrapped up over the spring months.

"Our contractor, PF Moon Incorporated is completing their work against our timeline as we projected," Damron said. "The EPD was pleased with our progress thus far, and will be back for plant start-up and testing closer to our completion date."

The team who came for a visit on Feb. 19 also got a tour of the site and both Mulco and Ammons Springs.

"The visit was beneficial for us to discuss the functional aspect of the plant, helping us meet EPD staedning requirements as well as listening to suggestions for a smooth start-up and bringing the plant online," Damron said. "Their support and understand of how the new plant will fit into our system is critical. We look forward to working with EPD for a successful launch and continued operations into the future."

Joining EPD locally on the tour from PCWA included the organization's office manager Jill Price and Superintendent


AREA CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Get ready now for the 2019 WELSHFest in Rockmart! The event is scheduled for March 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature a variety of vendors, events and more in downtown Rockmart. Check back in next week's edition for more on the forthcoming fun.

On Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 9 a.m., the Polk County Republican Party will convene Precinct Mass Meetings to elect Delegates and Alternates to the Polk County Republican Party Convention at the Cherokee Country Club, 150 Club Drive in Cedartown. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. The convention will start at 10 a.m., and costs are $10. Contact Dr. Marc Wall at 770-749-0420 about the upcoming convention and monthly meetings of the party.

Future brides will want to come out to Hightower Falls coming up on Sunday, March 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. for their 2019 Bridal Show! Admission is free for the event and vendors will include caterers, photographers, florists, DJs, and more. Samples of catering items will be available, along with discounts and door prizes including a free wedding date giveaway by Hightower Falls! Contact info@hightowerfalls.com to learn more.

Sign up now to take part in the forthcoming Chamber-sponsored Lunch and Learn series, coming up again on Friday, March 8. The bi-monthly classes provided by Chick-fil-A of Rockmart owner Zach Thomas gives people the opportunity to learn how Chick-fil-A promotes servant leadership at all levels of the company and in life. Visit polkgeorgia.com to learn more, or call 770-684-5686 to register today! Costs for the class include lunch.

MasterChef Junior is holding a casting call in Atlanta at the Hilton in downtown at 255 Courtland St. NE on Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show is looking for talented young cooks to come take part in the new season with Chef Gordon Ramsay, and are looking for 8 to 13 year olds to come join the series. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Signup now at masterchefjuniorcasting.com for application instructions, audition guidelines, eligibility requirements and more.

The Easter Bunny will be hopping into Cedartown ahead of the holiday on Saturday, April 6 in Rockmart for the annual Family Savings Credit Union egg hunt. The event starts at 10 a.m. with a decorating contest, followed by the bunny hop sack race and egg race, and the hunt at 11:30 a.m. Find Family Savings Credit Union on Felton Drive in Rockmart. For ages 12 and younger. Call 770-684-8601 to learn more.

Mark calendars now for fun during springtime in Cedartown. The Cedartown Junior Service league has their community Easter Egg hunt planned for Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Peek Park. Check back for more information about the event in March as it draws closer here in the pages of the Standard Journal.

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.

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.

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.

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 770356-1282, 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.

Get assistance

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 & 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.

Belles of the Ball are bringing the chance for girls in need to have a chance to get a free prom dress for the forthcoming season. The organization is holding their second event in Atlanta on March 16 at the Atlanta YMCA off Pryor Road. The group's inventory includes more than 500 dresses, and DJs, food, vouchers for free hair styling and more are part of the fun. Contact bellesofball@gmail.com 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.

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.

S.C.A.R.S., or Second Chance Addiction Recovery Solutions, will begin meeting at the Goodyear Civic Center in Cedartown on Wednesday, March 6 and will continue on weekly on Wednesdays following at 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. S.C.A.R.S. is a faith-based, 12-step recovery program that includes a meal and worship services following the group session. The program is being organized by Wesley Chapel Community Church of Cedartown. Contact Joshua Nichols at 404-938-2075 or Scottie Ray at 678-988-9056 for more information.

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

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

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. Martha Dye at 770-684-6251or e-mail marthadye@ngumc.net for more information or questions. The church also updates weekly on their website at rockmartumc.org.

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.

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.

Cedar Lake Christian Center is a nondenominational 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.

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.