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DA seeking death penalty in Rockmart murder case

Daylon Delon Gamble

What was originally scheduled to be an arraignment for a man accused of killing four people on Jan. 24 ended when the Tallapoosa Circuit District Attorney notified the court he intends to seek the death penalty.

Daylon Delon Gamble is charged with murder in the deaths of Helen Rose Mitchell, 48, and Jaequnn Davis, 19, both of 503 Williamson St., and of Arkeyla Perry, 24, and Dadrian Cummings, 26, both at 319 Rome St. in Rockmart.

District Attorney Jack Browning said he filed paperwork just prior to the start of arraignment proceedings on Monday morning, July 29 before Superior Court Chief Judge Meng Lim just ahead of the start of the arraignment proceedings.

The arraignment was postponed since the judge felt Gamble's attorney should be present now that it has become a capital case. Gamble's lawyer had previously sent in notice to waive his arraignment, a common occurrence in the courtroom.

An arraignment is a criminal proceeding where the defendant

is officially called before the court, informed of the crime there are accused of and asked to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.

No date is yet set for the continuance of proceedings against Gamble.

Gamble was arrested in Indianapolis, Indiana, days after reportedly fleeing from two different murder scenes. He was captured and brought back to Polk County.

In an April court proceeding, attorneys for Gamble sought to have the arrest warrants against him dismissed.

The judge denied those motions and ruled at the time there was probable cause in issuing the warrants and enough evidence to proceed in the case. That hearing included some of the state's case against Gamble provided by GBI Special Agent Amanda Carter.

She testified at the time that prior to the shootings, Gamble was hanging out with Cummings and Perry along with witnesses up until 7:44 p.m. Deandre Cummings, the cousin of Dadrian "Wade" Cummings was the last to see the two alive after he left to go get milk for his kids, according to Carter.

Carter also testified at the time that all five of the shooting victims, including the sole survivor Peerless Brown, were shot in the head.

Witnesses in the case said Gamble was believed to be under the influence of alcohol and drugs at the time of the crime, Carter told the court.

Brown was interviewed twice by investigators, including a session with Carter and Rockmart police detectives. He was able to identify Gamble and knew him very well — the accused shooter used to babysit him as a child.

The District Attorney had no further comment since the judge previously put a gag order in place on those involved in the case.


Candidate qualifying coming soon for municipal elections

Municipal elections are just over the horizon for Cedartown, Rockmart and Aragon, and those interested in running for positions will need to get their paperwork together to file in a few weeks.

So far, only former Rockmart Council Member Sherman Ross has expressed an interest in running for the mayor's seat in the upcoming election, and resigned from his seat on the city council as of August 1. He'll be running to fill the seat being left vacated at year's end by Mayor Steve Miller.

Ross declared his intentions earlier in the year after Miller — who served two terms in the seat — announced he was retiring at the end of 2018 when his time expired.

Ross's 4th Ward seat will also be on the ballot this year for Rockmart voters to decide who will fill the now-open seat in a special election in November. The ballot will also include 2nd and 5th Ward seats held by James Payne and Rick Stone.

Stone said he does plan to retain his seat in the fifth ward.

"There's some things I'd like to see completed," Stone said. "Obviously we're going to have a new mayor this year. We also anticipate at some point in the near future that we might have to fill key positions within the city administration. We're going to have some major changes and I'd like to see them through. Also, I have some things I've got going on that I'd like to see continue, and finish some projects — one in particular I'd like to see continue going."

He added that "I would like to continue to be a conservative voice for the citizens of the City

of Rockmart. I love the City of Rockmart, and the small town atmosphere that we all love and enjoy together."

Fees to run for the council seats are $144, and the mayor's race is $108. Qualifying for the City of Rockmart begins with the August 19 opening date during regular office hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and wraps up at 12 p.m. on Friday, August 23.

Additional paperwork requirements for running for either of these seats in Rockmart, or in Cedartown and Aragon can be learned about by calling the Board of Elections office at 770-749-2103.

The Cedartown municipal race this year includes the seats held by City Commissioners Dale Tuck and Andrew Carter.

Carter said he will seek a second term in office as a city commissioner when qualifying begins on August 19.

"I feel that we have made tremendous progress in our city over the past several years. However, I feel like there's still more to be done," Carter said. "I feel like we have a great team in place to help guide us in the right direction. I hope continue to represent our residents for another 4 year term as city commissioner."

Tuck also plans to run for a new term to retain her seat.

"I am very optimistic about the future of the City of Cedartown," Tuck said "I hope that our citizens will allow me the privilege of continuing to serve them to the best of my abilities."

Cedartown's qualifying period ends on August 21 at 12 p.m. Fees are $54 to run for the seat.

In City of Aragon positions on the ballot in November, two council seats held by Judd Fee and Debbie Pittman are to be decided upon plus the forthcoming mayor's race for the seat currently held by Garry Baldwin.

The period to qualify and pay fees to run on the council or for mayor runs from August 19 through August 23 on the same schedule as the City of Rockmart's qualifying period.

Fees are $72 to run for mayor, and $36 to run for council.

Candidates for office also rely on voters to choose their names when the polls open in November. Which means that those who want to take part in the coming election and aren't already registered need to do so before an October 7 deadline. Those who haven't registered to vote and need assistance can contact the Board of Elections for help, or go online to https://registertovote. sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/welcome.do#no-back-button.

Advanced voting will begin on Tuesday, October 15 following the Columbus Day holiday, and continue on weekdays through Friday, November 1.

Elections Director Lee Ann George said no major changes are expected for the coming voting period, with one exception: no Saturday voting this round. She said that Saturday voting days are reserved for midterm and presidential election years.

The final week of early voting will also see a location open for Rockmart voters at the Nathan Dean Community Center, located at 604 Goodyear St., Rockmart from Monday, October 28 through Friday, November 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Early voting will continue through the full three weeks of the period at the Board of Elections office in Cedartown within the County Administration building, located at 144 West Ave. Absentee ballots can also be obtained by contacting the Board of Elections at their number above.


Students back in class at Polk district

Friday marked the first day back in classes for students within the Polk School District, and everything was smooth sailing for their return.

Superintendent Laurie Atkins said educators were excited to get back into the classroom with students to kickoff the new school year.

"We are grateful for our parents and community for making our first day a success," Atkins said. "Your continued support and patience as we work through the implementation of additional bus routes is greatly

appreciated."

She added thanks for parents trust they place daily in the school district faculty and staff.

Atkins said no major issues came up during the start of the year at any of the 11 campuses across the district. Construction on the new Fine Arts wing of Cedartown High School continues as the new school year begins, along with improvements at Rockmart High School's football stadium among other projects still ongoing around the district.

Among the various first day back events that took place was the gathering of the Class of 2020 at Cedartown High for Senior Sunrise, a new tradition started by this year's class. They enjoyed breakfast before heading off to class.

"It is meant to signify the beginning of the senior class's final school year," CHS reported on their website. "At the end of their final year of high school, the senior class will again gather to watch the sunset."

The Class of 2020 at Rockmart High School gathered for their first day group photo in the gymnasium.

Students got to take a weekend break after coming back to class on Friday, and start back their first full week coming up. Their next break won't be until Labor day, coming up on Monday, September 5. Fall break this year is scheduled to start on October 7, and the Thanksgiving holidays will begin on Monday, November 25. The winter break begins just two days before Christmas on December 23, and students will return to school on January 7.

Rockmart students will want to keep September 27 open for Homecoming 2019 against Dade County, with Cedartown celebrating theirs the following Friday, October 4 against LaGrange.


Landfill operations see some impact from daily soil cover

Operations at the Grady Road Landfill took a dramatic change back in May when a court order required them to go from using a tarp and spray on covers to six inches of soil each day at the site off Highway 278.

The hill formed by the filling of cells on the northeast side of the site is visible from the highway between Cedartown and Rockmart, and if operations continue as-is, the site is likely to grow in height as well.

Waste Industries' George Gibbons, who manages the site, wouldn't specifically comment on the record since he is involved with the lawsuit between his company and the county. He did, however, provide access and information about operations on the site in a recent tour of the landfill at the beginning of August.

Currently, waste is being dumped on the opposite slope of what's visible from the roadway and with thousands of cubic yards of soil being moved in layers on a daily basis, space is beginning to fill up faster than expected. At the same time, employees on the site have been busy when the weather remains dry digging out a new cell set to begin receiving new loads of trash in the years to come and process the soil for reuse on the site.

That cell is still in the early stages of preparation, and will eventually cost millions of dollars of materials and man-hours to prepare as part of overall investment in the facility as a whole.

As heavy machines moved over one portion of the site, trailers were being emptied onto the working face of the landfill dozens of feet overhead. One day in the distant future, the two elevations will meet as one.

The work is ongoing for Gibbons and the Waste Industries employees on-site to take in new loads of trash daily, despite limitations put in place by Judge Adele Grubbs, who is presiding over the lawsuit between Polk County and Waste Industries via their subsidiary and original contract holder, ETC of Georgia.

Prior to a temporary injunction put in place in early May by Grubbs, the landfill worked basically this way: trash was brought into the landfill from the early morning hours until the late afternoon from various sources, compacted by heavy equipment after being unloaded on a portion being used called the working face, and then trucks had to stop and clean out the back of their trailers before they left.

When operators at the landfill were done for the day, they brought in a giant tarp to cover the area where trash is being dumped for the time being, and in recent years added a sprayon covering that was used to help contain the smells.

Additional requirements were then placed on Waste Industries in their operations, requiring that six inches of soil be used daily to cover the working face of the landfill, continue odor and pest control efforts, and much more. Representatives from the company on several occasions have cited their hope is that those requirements will be overturned by the Court of Appeals, with a date not yet officially sat down on the docket for it to be argued on the state level.

Via data shown off by Gibbons during the tour, those efforts being reported on daily by the company and by the county's representative for the landfill Jerry Barker differ from one another, but point to some positive results toward curtailing odor problems at the landfill and that adequate daily soil cover is being used.

Data from both Waste Industries and the county did in some cases point to issues with maintaining the six inches of daily soil cover, but those were recorded during days when heavy rainfall was moving through Polk County during the month of June.

There are concerns about problems caused by the addition of soil being placed over garbage on a daily basis. For instance, the liquid waste created by the compacting and breakdown of waste in the landfill called leachate can build up when soil layers are continually compacted, and if it meets a layer of soil and can't push through to where the collection system at the bottom of a cell can instead move sideways and push out the sidewalls of the landfill, specifically in cells not yet capped off and closed.

Then there are additional problems caused by the soil layers for the methane collection system. Currently there are 72 wells on site that are dug through capped and temporarily closed portions of the landfill generating gas from the same process of breakdown and compaction that forms leachate.

Methane at the Grady Road Landfill is collected, pumped out and then burned off with a system on the site. That system works fine when the wells are dug down vertically and unimpeded along the way by soil or rock. With the additional layers of soil added in, the gas collection system will then be forced to dig horizontally to get to trapped methane and pull it out, costing additional dollars to an already expensive multimillion dollar process.

If either or both problems are adequately controlled, the build-up of trapped liquids and soils will begin busting out the sides of the landfill and cause major problems with the integrity of the slopes, the systems used to process liquids and gases, and much more.

The inclusion of soil over trash daily will also likely cause growth vertically more than previously expected. An additional 100 feet of airspace is available above where the top of the northeast slope sits currently unused, and might be taken up should the growth of soil layers force the loss of airspace.

For now, the operations at the landfill continue forward mainly as usual. Loads continue to come in daily, and workers continue to get ready for more in the future.


Commissioners learn about landfill sludge

A lesson about the way sludge works in a landfill was brought before the County Commission in a special work session to cap off the month of July, this time with a focus on how the byproduct of wastewater treatment is impacting the Grady Road facility.

County officials sought out their expert witness and consultant Kent McCormick to help provide information.

McCormick admitted right off that he knew some about sludge with his experience over the years in landfill operations, but he knew someone that would be able to help explain it all better than he.

His former business partner Wes Hulsey of Hulsey, McCormick and Wallace was brought in to provide a presentation on the interaction of various sludge and landfills, and give commissioners the opportunity to ask questions to help better understand this specific side of operations at the Grady Road Landfill.

The short answer is the experts think the small percentage of sludge buried with the trash over the past five years is only a small portion of the overall amount within. But the issue as a whole is more complicated than that, and requires some explanation on the differences between sludge that went

into the landfill prior to the injunction put in place in the opening rounds of the lawsuit between Polk County and ETC of Georgia, a subsidiary of Waste Industries.

Hulsey — who started in wastewater treatment at an early age in a family pumping business — now spends his days helping municipal and industrial customers design, permit and implement treatment plants across the southeast.

"After this presentation, more about wastewater treatment and sludge than 99 percent of people," he told commissioners before he delved into the topic of the night.

He started by pointing out that technically, sludge isn't what people think it is at all. Most sludge that is generated happens right in the backyards of people living in Polk County who have their toilets within tied to a septic system, which generates it as a byproduct of breaking down wastewater.

Others have it in the form of aerated lagoons, which pump wastewater into a central point and break it down in an open pond full of the same kind of bacteria used in a septic system, writ larger with water pumped to keep the flow moving and break down materials faster.

The most common kind of sludge people generate — the stuff mostly buried within the Grady Road Landfill — is created from municipal wastewater systems breaking down materials within the sewer system to put back out as clean water into tributaries across the country.

Hulsey let videos from the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) explain the basics of wastewater treatment from the time a plant receives the water, to the time the sludge ends up in a place like the landfill. Basically, water comes into a wastewater treatment plant and goes through a series of processes and tanks — screens, breakdown in holding tanks and processed with microbes that break down waste while moving water all the while — that when completed comes out as the dead bacteria that is dried as much as possible and then disposed of as solid waste.

That sludge is mostly the remains of dead bacteria, with only about 20 to 30% of the water squeezed out through various processes at a wastewater treatment plant which then in past years was trucked out to a farm field and spread out as fertilizer. That practice was also only done for nonhuman food crops, like hay or pine tree farms.

Other manure sludge — say chicken litter — has traditionally been used this way as well.

Then there's the other side of sludge, the stuff created in food and manufacturing process. Industrial sludge that in most cases is pre-treated at factories across the country before ending up in places like the Grady Road Landfill.

One of the rules is that sludge has to be disposed in lined municipal solid waste landfill if not land applied in an agricultural setting. Utilities that have inadequate sludge treatment, or lower levels of treatment that don't have adequate processes also end up in landfills as well, Hulsey explained.

Hulsey went into additional detail about one particular type of sludge that no one wants to take: grease, fats and oils. It is hard to process, it smells to high heaven and is also difficult to handle overall. In a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest, the grease, fats and oils generated through cooking processes sit at a 10.

By comparison, municipal wastewater sludge sits at about a 5 on that scale with what was going into the landfill locally prior to the order from Grubbs curtailing some of the operations. Class A, the sludge generated from plants in places like metro Atlanta, Chattanooga and larger cities sit at a 3 on the scale.

Previously, the municipal wastewater sludge would have been applied to farm land, thanks to 1993 regulations promoting the use of sludge as a fertilizer for non-human crops. There were problematic outcomes from the practice, for one the increasing spread of the urban into the rural and thus decreasing the amount of available close land to use farm distribution.

Utilizing on-hand manures like chicken litter in rural areas for grazing and hay land makes more sense than to spend additional money trucking in sludge from metro areas, which because of the water weight costs more the additional mileage. Other problems like odors and pests, accumulation of metals in the soil over time, public perception have curtailed some of the practice as well.

So in response, sludge began being buried in landfills instead because the cost of dumping was lower than spreading it on farm fields.

Hulsey and McCormick both discussed some of the problems that go along with including sludge within a landfill. For one, landfills are taking in a lot more sludge than ever before which increases the amount of airspace being taken up at one time.

Grady Road Landfill isn't one of those taking in a growing amount of coal combustion residual, or coal ash, but other municipal solid waste landfills have been. The two also talked about concerns of how because not all sludge is created equal, it can cause problems within the landfill itself and bring about a slope failure.

They specifically showed off how a landfill in Pennsylvania suffered a slope failure that spent thousands of cubic yards of material down a slope into a landfill, caused because too much coal ash went into the facility. McCormick said that became a greater concern over time if a landfill contained more than 15 percent of its airspace in sludge.

Grady Road Landfill, on the other hand, has only over the past five years used about 5% of the airspace on sludge based on the data McCormick reviewed. He said that he wasn't immediately concerned with the sludge within the facility at this time.

"Up until the last five years, landfill use was expensive," Hulsey said. "Back in the 90s, the counties used to be in the landfill business... the Waste Managements, the Republics and Waste Industries saw the opportunity."

Those companies offered good bargains at the time to operate the landfills, which brought the prices down.

"Ten years ago, there was a lot of airspace and the prices dropped," Hulsey said.

McCormick said the companies that now run landfills are in the business of selling their airspace, and that it isn't want to consume it fast but because the volume provides more dollars to the bottom line.

"They want as compactable, as dense a material they can charge the most money for in the landfill," Hulsey added.

They are concerned more about the sludge increasing the amount of leachate and methane gas within the landfill, which can cause breakouts of liquid and gas that can cause additional environmental problems.

"From a stability standpoint, I don't see sludge as being a problem at your landfill. From a stability standpoint," McCormick said.

He added that "The concern is and what we've been looking at — I'm really not that concerned from an enviornmental standpoint. We've been trying to identify areas of concern is for odors... (we were trying) to get a handle on odors and you know, that seemed to be a potential smoking gun."

With the temporary injunction in place from Judge Grubbs' order keeping sludge out of the landfill and requiring daily cover, no immediate action was needed in regulation of sludge at the landfill.

However, Hulsey and McCormick did discuss potential regulation coming down the line from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division on sludge being included in landfills.

"I know that Georgia EPD has sent out surveys over the past few years, and they are collecting data and analyzing how much sludge they will allow in a landfill," McCormick said.

What's in a sludge?

Don't be fooled by the stuff in your septic tank in the backyard: that's only one kind of smelly sludge out there.

Here's a rundown of some of the different types of sludge humans and animals create everyday:

Municipal Wastewater

There's two types of municipal wastewater that becomes a sludge: Class B, which goes through somewhat less processing and Class a, or exceptional sludge that is processed to the point of being nearly completely inert and dried out. that's the stuff that can be used as fertilizer and sold in stores for customers. Class a sludge has some smell, but not that bad.

Class B on the other hand is slightly less processed and wetter, and until recent years was used as fertilizer on land for non-food based crops like hay. The two sludge types are the end result of several generations of bacterial death and is mostly liquid. It falls in the midpoint of the smell range of 10 being the worst.

Manures

Most of the time what you're smelling driving through the country on an evening and catch an awful smell is chicken litter or sludge from other products out of a lagoon.

The byproducts of animals confined to dairies or chicken houses usually is applied right back to farmland in the midst of a rotation months before planting to fertilize the land, and usually not on food crops. this is chicken litter, and cow and swine manure can be processed slightly on site of farms and then directly applied to land in rotation for planting later.

Food and chemical processing

Much like manure, the byproduct of food processing plants is also a smelly mess and environmental regulations require some processing on site before going through a wastewater treatment plant. Companies like tyson in Cumming utilize open lagoons as an example in their onsite wastewater treatment. right in Polk County is another example of pre-treated sludge: chemical processing. geo specialty Chemical utilizes their own plant next door to the City of Cedartown's Wastewater treatment plant to wash out chemicals that are a byproduct of their manufacturing process of specialty and construction-based chemicals at the plant.

Metal processing

Another example of a sludge — one without much of a smell even — is via metal processing. the remains of metal processing like chroming, or in dust collection systems and more get processed out and collected and disposed of in municipal solid waste landfills like Grady Road took in the past, or into special landfills triple-lined and capable of taking in materials that don't need to end up in the groundwater.


AREA CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Mark those calendars now for the Holloway Hunny Pot Festival and Artisan Market coming up on September 7 in Cedartown. The day is scheduled for Big Spring Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information regarding vendor spots for the forthcoming event, contact Aimee Madden at amadden@cedartowngeorgia.gov or by calling 770-748-3220. Reminder: the application deadline is this Friday.

The Cedartown Farmer's Market has a new location and time for the 2019 season. Market-goers are invited to come out to the corner of Ware and South Main Street in Cedartown starting in recent weeks and continuing on Tuesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Contact Five Cedars Farm to participate at 678-246-1216 to learn more about becoming a vendor.

Lakeview Baptist Church is hosting a revival starting on Sunday, August 4 and continuing through Saturday, August 10 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. The Rev. Eddie Hughes, pastor of Lakeview Baptist, invites the community to come see spiritual leaders from other congregations including Monday evening with the Rev. Tyler Smith, Tuesday with Rev. Rob Miller, Wednesday with Rev. Billy Chambers, Thursday featuring Rev. Clinton Green, Friday's

sermon from Rev. Brent Edwards and Saturday's message provided by Rev. Corey Smith. Each night includes special singing services.

Join Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church to celebrate their annual Men and Women's Day program at 194 East Point Road on Sunday, August 25 at 3 p.m. The Rev. Susan H. Buckson of the Allen Temple AME Church of Atlanta will be the guest speaker. For more information call 470-370-3290.

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, August 21. 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.

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.

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