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Veto overridden, millage rate set for 2018
• Taxes to see slight increase with new rate of 11.475 set by County Commission majority

There was no discussion and only a quick vote to wrap up the decision that Polk County residents are going to see an increase on their tax bills when they come in the mail later this month, but likely only a slight one.

Commissioners voted during a special called session on Aug. 28 4-1 to override a veto made on an 11.475 millage rate in a meeting that lasted just a few minutes.

Commission Chair Jennifer Hulsey said it was her understanding before the vote was taken that no discussion was required since the vote was to override her veto on the amount of millage rate the county was going to set for the year, after several were put forth but voted down by commissioners during their Aug. 22 meeting.

"I checked the rules, so we don't have to do that," she explained. "It's my job also to sum up that I did veto the mill increase rate, and you all are trying to override my veto."

The same group of commissioners who approved the millage rate increase voted for the override of the veto.

Among those was Commissioner Chuck Thaxton, who said he was happy the issue was finally coming to a rest.

"I'm glad that we can move on and try to get some other stuff done," he said.

Hulsey said in a statement that it was "an important vote. And I felt it was important to challenge it."

"I encourage our voters to stay informed on what is going on, and I will continue to work for the people," she added.

Other commissioners were sought for comment and chose not, or did not get back before press time over the weekend.

The vote last Tuesday brought to a close a process that extended the spring months all the way through the summer right before the deadline to get a millage rate set, and tax bills printed and sent out to people.

The actual rate is 14.111 with rollback of 2.636 mills to end up at the 11.475 millage rate that taxpayers will actually have to pay on their bills.

For some perspective, a mill at the current value sits at around

$934,000 of income to the county, so it should generate around $10,717,650 in revenue.

During the Aug. 28 vote, it also approved $1,562,593.70 to go toward funding of the Polk County Police Department.

Following the meeting on Thursday, Aug. 30, Denton said he and Finance Director Muriel Dulaney were still in the process of reconciling the new millage rate and increased funds generated to see how much that would offset the need to use the landfill funds.

Based on previous calculations of millage rates and what t hey would generate that Denton presented earlier in the month, it should fall around $10.2 million in actual revenue, plus or minus for how much the county gets back from taxpayers in real versus projected property tax payments for the year.

If everyone were to pay their taxes on time, the county would get around $10,717,650 generated from this year's millage rate to go along with the county's overall revenue sources for the FY 2019 budget approved during the Aug. 22 meeting.

Not everyone pays their taxes on time, so the county uses a 95 percent return rate for determining their projected income for the year off of how much people pay.

In that information that Denton calculated, it had optional return rates of half mill rate increases up to the advertised rate of 11.500 mills, just slightly above where property tax rates were set for 2018.

During the Aug. 22 meeting, Commissioners voted to approve a budget that used landfill fund balance to cover costs without having yet set the millage rate. The Commission will have to go back and approve amendments to the budget to account for the additional millage rate in order to keep within the guidelines of state requirements on maintaining a balanced budget.

Country history back next weekend at CPAC

Katie Deal, the daughter of Gov. Nathan Deal, is back on the road touring with her signature voice and this time she's stopping by the Cedartown Performing Arts Center as a duo.

She'll be joined on stage by Jason Petty next weekend in a show that will bring alive the music of country legends who inspire the pair to recreate a Nashville sound from the past.

The night will include the music of Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline – which Deal is noted for her particular sound – along with Tammy Wynette, George Jones and many more.

Deal's latest stop in Cedartown will differ from her previous show here, where she focused solely on Cline's music and the stories from her life on how it impacted and inspired her stage career.

She didn't start out life expecting to become a professional artist performing in the same style as the legendary country music artist, but opportunities after college gave her a chance to sing some of her favorite music.

Deal began her stage career as an understudy in the role of Patsy Cline in a Memphis theater, then eventually got to take on the

the leading role in national tours. That includes the hit Classic Nashville Roadshow, which she and Petty head up together.

The experience is meant to take people back in time, when with the description of the show puts it as "when June fell for Johnny and Loretta was just a coal miner's daughter?"

With the journey down memory lane, Deal continues in her role as bringing country music's past back to life, but more on the duet side of the Nashville sound instead. It'll be her return trip to Cedartown's stage after bringing her Cline-inspired show to town in April 2017.

Petty is well versed in the country tradition all his own. He hails from Manchester, Tenn., just an hour away by car and spent his formative years on his grandparents' farm in Hickman County following the tragic sudden passing of his mother at the age of 7.

Under his grandparent's wings and in a church grounded in music with a membership of just 18, he learned the foundations of country and gospel that inspired his rise to where he is today. A member of his church inspired him to pursue a career in music by starting with an audition at Opryland, and got his chance to perform on the big stage at the Grand Ole Opry. He later read for a play about Hank Williams, and took part in several shows at Opryland.

National tours then came calling, and he spent seven years on the road with a show called "Lost Highway" after executives hired him on the spot for the job.

Petty ended up writing his own show, which he continues today along with six others that promote the history of country music. He still calls Manchester home with his immediate family.

The show next Saturday is set to start at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are still on sale for the Saturday, Sept. 15 show and they start at $15.

Information can be found at, or by calling 770-748-4168.

Farm to Table coming in October to Rockmart

Grab a seat next to your neighbors or friends and feast on the best of the best the city has to offer by buying a ticket to the October 6 Farm to Table event.

Hosted by the Rockmart Farmers Market, Marble Street will become a banquet hall home to a massive dinner made with locally produced ingredients and prepared by cooks who call the area home.

The menu is still being created, but patrons can expect both meat and produce options on their plates.

Individual tickets are $60; party tickets are $225 for a group of 6.

Patrons aren't just buying the meal, however, because the event starts at 5 p.m. with a farm tour hosted by Footehills Farmhouse. Fresh appetizers will be provided while patrons see how and where many of the ingredients originate.

"We invite all Polk County residents to sit at a gorgeous 200-foot table that will line Marble Street in beautiful historic downtown Rockmart," market executive director Shonna Kirkpatrick said. "There'll be mismatched china, twinkling lights, live music, a silent auction, and great conversation with family and friends.

The event has been made

possible through the county's faithful customers and the market's sponsors.

Floyd Medical Center currently sits at a major sponsor, but businesses Now and Then, Chick N' Scratch, Triangle Foods, Soli's, South Marble Coffee House, and Dallas Chiropractic Life Center now offer help, too.

Those interested in meeting some of the vendors who may help with the dinner can visit the Rockmart Farmers Market every Thursday from 2 through 6 p.m. on Water Street.

A fun fair week for all

It was a week of memories and history at this year's Polk County Fair that, for the first time ever, wrapped up on Sunday afternoon.

Thousands of people visited the fairgrounds where classic rides and events such as the ring of fire, the Ferris wheel, and several live bands offered thrills and chills.

At $5 a ticket, patrons ultimately helped the Cedartown Exchange Club pour money and resources back into the county. The group has 4 main goals in the forms of preventing child abuse, youth programs, community service, and Americanism.

Money earned from fundraisers goes to local high school seniors as scholarships, and sponsorships are for organizations such as Our House Battered Women Shelter, Boy Scouts, Parkinson's Walk, Cedartown Performing Arts Commission children's program, Law Officer of the Year, and many more.

More information about the fair and the club can be found at

The fair was well-received by newcomers and regulars alike. Whether there for the cattle show, the art competition, or the rides, everyone from locals who know and love the fair to visitors coming to town to enjoy the event had plenty of kind words to share.

"It looks about the same as last year, so it's pretty good. I like it," returning visitor Nytie Govern said. "Also, there are bunnies, so that's always great."

Representative Trey Kelley also stopped by and mentioned how the fair offers the county an opportunity to come together and enjoy a night of fun for all ages.

"I've been coming to the fair every year for as long as I can remember," Kelley said. "I get to spend time with friends in a different environment, and I just love seeing our community spend time with each other here in Polk County."

The wide array of entertainment and events no doubt added to the fairgoers' satisfaction. Those who weren't interested in rides had dance shows and live performances to view, and milder attractions were offered for children.

Agriculture buffs spent plenty of time with the animals and the cattle show, and the entry hall offered local businesses and organizations an opportunity to share information and meet customers.

Cattle show winners included British Breeds Grand Champion Baylor Johnson from the Floyd County 4-H program, and Reserve Champion Brent McDaniel from the Gordon County 4-H.

McDaniel also took the grand champion for European Breeds, and the commercial and supreme champion heifer awards. Johnson also won the reserve championship for European Breeds.

Lindsey Jones from the Polk County FFA was the Commercial Reserve champion, and Trace Mullinax won lightweight steer winner. Heavyweight steer winner went to Andrew Carter.

Showmanship winners at the fair also included pre-club winner Brody

Jones, a fourth grade Polk County 4-H winner.

Baylor Johnson won grades 5-6, Lillyan Robinson for grades 7-8 from Polk County, Colby Cannon for grade 9 from FFA, Bryson Smith for 10th grade from the Gordon County 4-H program.

McDaniel, and 11th grader, won for the 11-12 grade division.

Regardless of how patrons spent their time, it was to the backdrop of many local bands.

Bennie Gray and the Trailer Park Cowboys, Scarlet Wool, Rock Root Revival, Redneck Romeos, and Elvis all offered tunes for the week.

The Exchange Club will be back next year, so those interested in experiencing what the fair has to offer while benefiting locals should mark their calendars, but possibly more in line with the usual schedule in mid-September.

This year's fair was held early to accommodate the schedule ride vendors who were scheduled during the usual week the Exchange Club schedules the annual event.

Check back in next week's edition for more on the final two days of the Polk County Fair, including more on the winner of the Exchange Club Idol's inaugural contest held this past Saturday night.

Native riders rest in Polk
• Group riding in support of freedom for Leonard Peltier takes part in Rome Pow Wow, stops in Aragon for weekend

The end of the day's trail greeted riders who have crossed half of the country to get to Polk County, with the peace and hospitality of Aragon just a stop on their journey to promote a cause of freedom for one man they believe was unjustly convicted several decades ago.

A pair of brothers, along with family and friends started their journey in Minnesota on July 28 and stopped in the Aragon area for the weekend to rest and take part in the annual Running Water Pow Wow/Cherokee Homecoming before they continue onward to Coleman, Fla., and a rally in support of Leonard Peltier.

Frank Runs Before Them, whose Lakota name is Wici Tok Ab Iyanke, said he and his brother Ken Fourcloud along with a group in support have crossed seven states to get here in more than a month on horseback in a trip that has been more than eight years in the making.

Their goals is to raise awareness to the unfair treatment they feel Peltier received at the hands of the Federal government during his 1970s conviction for murder, and to also bring to people the continued mistreatment they and others receive in the Dakotas.

As their cross-country trip has gone on, Frank Runs Before Them said the group known as the Leonard Peltier Freedom Riders have received nothing bust hospitality and good will at each stop.

"The hospitality and open hearts and arms are appreciated," he said. "Those sharing their property and food have been outstanding."

They only ride a certain number of miles per day since they left the plains and came southeastward, mainly based on the safety of the horses as they trot along highways and over uncertain terrain.

"It's been an intriguing journey," Runs Before Them said. "The landscape and weather are a lot different from what we're used to in the Dakotas."

He added it was the furthest he'd ever been south in the United States in his life.

The greatest hope of all

is that the trip can bring awareness to a long pattern on unfair treatment of Native Americans that continues to this day. He said the weekend Pow Wow in Rome with the Cherokee was a way for his Lakota nation and the Cherokee nation to share their experiences and promote greater understanding between everyone of the plight of native peoples who still face persecution.

"It's an honor to be in Cherokee country and to be invited to share in their Pow Wow to the ride," Runs Before Them said. "It makes us feel welcome."

He said the racism and prejudice still felt in his home state of South Dakota is completely different from his treatment elsewhere in the country, and their trip has mainly gone off without a problem.

"It is uplifting to know there are still decent people in the world," he said.

Their stay in Polk County was hosted by Sheila Roaring River, who lives in the Aragon area and shared her space with the group as they rested and fed their horses from long days on the road.

All of this in support of a man whose case has long been a rallying cry for Native American activists as an example of continued unfair treatment of tribes and people across the country.

Peltier, now age 73, was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences on first degree murder for the shooting death of two Federal Bureau of Investigation agents during a 1975 conflict on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

He'd previously been a champion of Native American rights and joined in the American Indian Movement before he became involved in the conflict between factions on the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. During the fight between factions, the American Indian Movement and Lakota tribes people took over the town of Wounded Knee in a 71 day siege with federal forces.

Peltier hadn't taken part in most of the siege at the time, and was in a Milwaukee, Wisc., jail charged with attempted murder instead. It wasn't until the end of April took part in a single protest outside of a Milwaukee federal building before he headed to with supplies, but didn't arrive before the siege ended. Two years later, Peltier was back on Pine Ridge as the situation continued to devolve between the factions.

He was convicted for killing the FBI agents in 1975, and had been on the run for attempted murder of an off-duty Milwaukee police officer, a case for which he was later acquitted

The two agents that Peltier was sentenced for killing were Jack Coler and Ronald Williams, who were on the Pine Ridge Reservation two years later looking for a man who was believed to be involved in the armed robbery of ranch hands in the area. The pair of agents and later a third agent who came to help were under heavy fire during a traffic stop, and Coler and Williams were killed in the shootout as they sought to defend themselves.

Peltier's involvement remains under suspicion. However it is noted that he fled from the reservation and was later stopped by Oregon State Patrol, where he got into a shootout with a trooper and fled, and that one of the agent's revolver used in the previous gunfight was found in an RV Peltier was said to be driving.

He ended up in Canada and on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list before he was later extradited back to the United States more than year later. After his 1977 conviction in a trial where the jury saw different evidence than was presented in previous court proceedings against other members of the American Indian Movement found to be involved, Peltier escaped and was on the run for around six months before being recaptured.

He since tried to appeal his conviction several times, and received help from many organizations and individuals that among the notable supporters saw former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark attempt to his defense.

Peltier continues to serve out sentences in a Florida federal penitentiary, where the group have set their sights to end up when their ride comes to a close.

The Leonard Peltier Freedom Ride is set to conclude on Sept. 22 in Coleman.


The Cedartown First United Methodist Church's 44th annual Flea Market at the church at 201 Wissahickon Ave., Cedartown is coming up this weekend! The market begins on Friday, Sept. 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and continues Saturday, Sept. 8 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. House wares, furniture, a variety of clothing, toys and books are a few of the many items available for sale. Contact the church at 770-748-7862 to learn how to donate items.

Mark those calendars now on Sept. 29 for the upcoming Outreach Tabernacle's night of southern gospel at the church at 1351 Co. Road 31 in Muscadine, Ala. They'll be hosting The Masters Touch from Valley, Ala., and Chattanooga's His Call and The Yarbroughs from Bremen. Outreach Tabernacle's church choir will also perform under the direction of GW Cash. The night of song starts at 5:30 p.m. Central.

Tickets are on sale through next week for the upcoming Sept. 15 return of Katie Deal to the Cedartown Performing Arts Center, this time in a duo with Jason Petty for the Classic Nashville Roadshow. Seats start at $15, and the show will feature the music of Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, George Jones and more. Visit to order now, or call 770-748-4168.

Cedartown's 41st annual Fall Festival is coming up on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and applications are now open for vendors to sign up and take part. Arts and Crafts vendors are $40, food vendors $50, and booths for information only are $25. Children's activities are $75. Additional fees are required for power and drinks. Find forms on to fill out and return to the Downtown Cedartown Association as soon as possible to be a vendor. Patrons can enjoy the parade, festival and more free of charge. Call or e-mail Ramona Ruark, Main Street Director at 770-748-2090, or e-mail her at

Cedar Christian School is accepting students for enrollment for the start of classes this fall. Those interested in Christ-focused education for their youth can contact them at 678-901-3500, e-mail, or visit the Cedar Christian School Facebook page. The school located at 625 West Ave., Cedartown.

Do you have interest in studying the Bible and prophecies within? Contact Dr. Idel Suarez about a new study group being formed locally for serious scholars of the text. Contact him at 813-310-9350 for more information about how to participate and future meetings.

The Bold and Beautiful Red Hatters is hosting "A Journey in Time," and strap on some high buttoned shoes for a family fun night coming up this Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Polk County College and Career Academy campus at Cedartown High School. Tickets are $15. Wear the best costume from the 1860s to 1960s and be eligible to win prizes. Dance the night away with Dink Wilkes acting as DJ. Call Queen Patricia Smith Cannon at 770-546-4717 or Queen Sheila Angel at 770-883-3201 for more or the purchase tickets. All proceeds will be used for charitable giving.

Rivers Alive is coming up this month, and officials are asking volunteers to mark their calendars now. Come take part in the annual cleanup of local streams and waterways in Rockmart on Sept. 22, with more details to come soon. Contact Randy Cook for more information at or call 678-246-1083.

The Harrell-Weaver Reunion is coming up in October, and family members are invited to come take part in the annual gathering. Relatives are asked to come to Fairview Baptist Church in Rockmart on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring food enough to feed immediate family members, and additional to share. E-mail for more information.

Get tickets now for the upcoming Farm to Table on Marble, set for Oct. 6. The dinner will take place in downtown Rockmart in the outdoors, with tickets starting at $60 for individuals or $225 for a whole table of six, stretching 200 feet in total. The meal will feature locally grown products, and will start at 6 p.m. Purchase tickets now by contacting Shonna Kirkpatrick at, Dan Bevels at, or to take part as a sponsor by emailing

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.

The Polk County Democratic Committee meets on the second Saturday of every month at 9:30 a.m. During even numbered months the group meet at The Rockmart Library at 316 N. Piedmont Ave., Rockmart, and during odd numbered months the party meet at the Cedartown Welcome Center, 609 Main St., Cedartown. All are welcome to take part! Check out more information at the Polk County Democratic Committee at -850067035038585/.

Aragon First United Methodist Church offers a food pantry for the community to use if they need assistance. They are open Mondays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. A picture ID is required to participate. Call 770-684-4855 for more information.

Rockmart First United Methodist Church invites the community to come out and join in worship on Sundays and Wednesdays at the church located at 135 W. Church St. Sunday morning worship begins with Bible study at 9:45 a.m., followed by Sunday school at 10 a.m. for all ages, and an 11 a.m. worship service. Wednesday night includes at 5 p.m. community meal on the last Wednesday of every month, 6 p.m. Bible study and choir practice at 7 p.m. Weekly children's events at the church include a 5:45 p.m. children and youth meal, 6:15 Children's music and MYF, followed by L.I.F.E. at 6:54 p.m. All are invited to join in. Call Rev. Martha Dye at 770-684-6251or e-mail for more information or questions. The church also updates weekly on their website at

The next West Georgia Spay/Neuter Clinic is coming to the Cedartown-Polk County Humane Society again on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. Head over to the organization's office at 608 Adamson Road, Cedartown, on Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. or Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to fill out an admission and prepay for the surgery. Those wanting more information can call 678-361-7304 for more information. Vaccines and tests are available for extra cost as well. Transports won't be scheduled again until Oct. 3 and Oct. 24

Members are invited to join the Cedartown Exchange Club weekly on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the Cherokee Country Club for meetings and dinner. New members from across Polk County are encouraged to get involved by contacting club president-elect Edward Guzman at 770-546-2482 to take part in the organization that is involved in a wide range of community projects. Visit their website at to learn more. Annual dues are required to be a member.

Just Us Ministries Inc. Food Bank has distribution every Tuesday and Thursday at 904 Young Farms Road in Cedartown. On Tuesday the distribution is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. A picture ID is required. For more information call 770-687-1009 or 678-901-3354, e-mail, or visit

Harmony Baptist Church, 882 Little Harmony Rd, Cedartown (Esom Hill area) invites everyone to attend their weekly Sunday morning Services. First Sunday morning service begins at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday School followed by worship service at 11 a.m.. Our doors are open to all and we are looking forward to seeing you. For more information visit our Facebook page, Harmony Baptist church, Cedartown.

The Rotary Club of Polk County meets weekly at the Richardson Field Depot in Rockmart for lunch at noon every Tuesday and are encouraging members and potential new members to take part. Contact Missy Kendrick with the Rotary Club at 770-584-5234 for more on how to participate or become a member. Annual dues are required to be a member.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cedartown, hosts a genealogy group that meets from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday nights, except holidays. There are no fees for these sessions and they are open to anyone. Please bring all of your basic family history (if you have it) such as names, birth-dates/death dates of parents, grandparents, children, etc. Bring your laptop or tablet, if you have one. If not, we can still help. Questions? Contact us at 678-477-2861 and leave a message or visit our Facebook page at

The Sit and Stitch is back to sewing at Rockmart First United Methodist Church in the fellowship hall. The group will meet the first and third Monday's of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants can bring any craft they choose or help with a ministry project this year. The group is making crochet or knitted caps for donation to Helping Hands. A pattern will be provided and the group has crafters who can help those in need of instruction. Bring a sack lunch. Coffee or tea provided. Any questions please call Madeline Brown 678-435-5032.