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DA, review board clear officers in fatal shooting
The letter, based on a GBI investigation, states that all four officers took appropriate action in a dangerous situation.

A letter from Floyd County District Attorney Leigh Patterson stated four law enforcement officers involved in the shooting death of a Cedartown woman who fired a pistol at them were justified in their actions.

The shooting incident which killed Kimberley Rae McCann took place on May 7, 2018, at the intersection of U.S. 411 and the Ga. 1 Loop and involved two Floyd County police officers, one sheriff's deputy and a Georgia State Patrol trooper.

The letter sent to Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter, Floyd County Police Department Chief Mark Wallace and Col. Mark McDonough, the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, on April 23 stated there was no evidence from a GBI investigation to support any form of criminal prosecution.

The letter not only discussed the shooting itself but also a conflict between McCann and police in Polk County the day earlier at her home where she had acted very erratically.

According to the letter and a Floyd County Police Department Firearms Review Board finding:

She had told a Veterans Administration crisis center counselor "she wanted to kill herself, that she had weapons, and if the police came to her home that she would shoot them."

The counselor told a Polk County officer they had calmed her down and got her to agree to a safety plan and to follow up with a doctor.

On the day of the shooting, a Cave Spring police officer noted McCann speeding through a school zone in her Toyota truck and attempted a traffic stop. She didn't stop and at one point ran over stop sticks damaging at least one tire on her vehicle.

GSP Trooper Jamie Mitchell attempted to perform a Pursuit Intervention Technique maneuver and the letter stated "in reviewing the videos, it was clear that McCann drove her truck in the direction of the GSP patrol vehicle, in an attempt to sideswipe it and thwart the PIT maneuver."

She finally stopped near the convenience store at U.S. 411 and Mathis Road. Officers blocked her vehicle and gave repeated commands for her to show her hands.

She didn't respond. Responding officers moved in and after several attempts broke the driver's side window and unlocked the door. Mitchell then saw McCann had a gun and she pointed it toward him and Floyd County police officer Chris Shelly.

"Trooper Mitchell saw the muzzle flash and heard the gun fire once as he was moving towards the right of the driver's door," the letter stated. "As Shelly was pulling her towards the door, he heard a 'pop' and felt the muzzle blast near his forehead. The blast knocked Shelly's sunglasses from his head."

They drew their weapons and gave commands for McCann to drop the gun, a Ruger LPC .380 pistol. She complied.

"At this point McCann was given a command to show officers her hands, but instead she reached for another gun that was beside her," the letter stated.

Shelly and Mitchell were at the driver's side of the vehicle. Floyd County Sheriff's Deputy Devin Womack was at the rear passenger side of the truck, Floyd County police officer Leonard Whaley was positioned at the rear of the truck.

She grabbed a silver Smith & Wesson .357 revolver and pointed it toward Shelly and Mitchell, the letter stated. Mitchell warned her to put the gun down but "she continued to move the gun in their direction."

At that point all four men opened fire, most said they fired once or twice. Womack told investigators he fired approximately four rounds and stopped firing "when McCann was no longer reaching for the revolver anymore."

The autopsy report stated McCann's cause of death as "multiple gunshot wounds." The report also showed she had a blood alcohol concentration of .14 and several other medications in her system. In Georgia, a driver is considered impaired at 0.08.

"These officers were completely justified in the actions they took in responding to a dangerous situation and in protecting themselves and others," Patterson wrote in the letter.

Both Burkhalter and Wallace said officers were cleared after internal reviews of their actions. A Firearms Review Board report from the Floyd County Police Department on June 7, 2018, stated both officers, Shelly and Whaley, did not violate department policy or Georgia law.

"Officers Shelly and Whaley's life, along with the lives of other officers and the public, were in immediate danger and they had no other option but to utilize lethal force," the board concluded.


Nomination period now open for Best of Polk awards
Nominations run from June 12 through July 14. Voting runs from on Aug. 28 through Sept. 20.

Best of Polk awards are back and we're adding a new feature we think you'll like.

We are adding a nomination period this year for Best of Polk. Nominations will be accepted at thebestofpolk.com starting today through midnight on July 14. There will also be a link to the website on the top tab of the homepage during the nomination period.

Each person will get one nomination per email per day. This year's categories include: shopping, services, real estate and finance, kids and education, health and wellness, beauty, food and drinks, auto and recreational vehicles, entertainment as well as recreation.

Businesses with the most nominations will move on to the voting round which will take place August 28 through September 20. Another change this year is we won't be using paper ballots but we will run a sample ballot inside today's paper directing you to the nomination website.

For more information, call the newspaper advertising department at 770-748-1520 Extension 3, or email shouston@npco.com.


Homespun planning for July event closer to completion
Entertainment line-ups being finalized for weekend event on July 19 and 20

The final stages of planning are underway for the 42nd annual Homespun Festival in Rockmart coming up on the weekend of July 19 and 20, and this year promises to provide a lot of fun for the community.

Veteran vendors and new additions alike are coming to Seaborn Jones Park this summer for the two-day festival, organized by the Polk County Chamber of Commerce as a fundraiser for the organization.

This year, the festival sees the return of several veteran vendors along with a particular fun ride through the air. Chamber Executive Director Blair Elrod reported that so long as the weather stays clear, there are plans for the return of helicopter rides to Homespun 2019.

Additionally, the festival will have several family-friendly attractions including a face painter, petting zoo, several rides, inflatable obstacle course, water walkers and two bungee jumps.

"We are very excited about the 42nd Annual Homespun in 2019 as we welcome veteran vendors and new vendors alike," Elrod said. "This event has something for all ages and the Polk County Chamber of Commerce is proud to hold this event that brings together the community."

New vendors for the 2019 festival include painted and glitter tumblers, embroidery items, Christian art, journals and notebooks made from children's books and board games, badge reels and baby items.

Non-profit organizations taking part this year include Life Matters Outreach, CASA of Polk and Haralson Counties, the Rockmart High School Marching Band, the Polk County Rotary Club, The Magic Yarn Project and Mosaic Place.

Festival-goers will have choices of barbecue, pickles, Popsicles, cotton candy, pork skins, boiled peanuts, lemonade, lime-aid, orangeaid, tea, chips, shrimp tacos, jerk chicken tacos, jerk ribs, nachos, curry chicken and rice, snow cones, funnel cakes, hot dogs, hamburgers and water for sale during Homespun 2019.

Those who come out to the festival will have two days of music and entertainment to enjoy as well.

The gospel night line-up to start the festival on Friday evening, July 19 includes Leah Kaye at 6 p.m., Bellwether Worship Band ant 7 p.m. and Heirborn at 8:30 p.m.

Gospel Night's entertainment is being sponsored by Sherman Ross State Farm in downtown Rockmart.

Saturday's entertainment line-up sponsored by H&R Block includes a pair of Polk County musicians who made a splash on national television during the spring. "The Voice" contestant Dalton Dover will take to the stage at 6:45 p.m., and "American Idol" contestant Isaac Streetman will be joined by his band and The Rock Town Revival for a show at 8:45 p.m.

The second day of the festival will begin at 11 a.m. as Ballet Garden takes center stage in Seaborn Jones Park. They'll also be holding a pageant as well.

At 11:40 a.m., Hightower Station kicks off music for the day followed by William Bosler at 12:45 p.m., Andrew Weaver at 1:15 p.m., and then the Rotary Club's annual Duck Race fundraiser will launch at 2 p.m.

Fairshake takes the stage at 2:30 p.m., followed by Crossview Church at 3:15 p.m. and Sewell Swamp at 4:05 p.m.

Somewhere in Between plays at 5 p.m., followed by Rooster at 5:50 p.m. In between the Dover and Streetman performances, Them Mixon Boys are playing at 7:45 p.m.

Weather permitting, fireworks presented by Redmond Regional Medical Center will also return on Saturday night for the festival's grand finale at 9:30 p.m.

Additionally, the Homespun Festival will also include the annual Kiwanis Club car show, and signups are underway for the Crossview Community Church's annual 5K run.

The run is being held Saturday morning at 8 a.m. and will go on regardless of weather. The fun run will follow at 9 a.m. The race begins at the Silver Comet Trailhead next to Rockmart First United Methodist Church.

Registration is free for children under 5, and $15 for runners 5-11 for the Fun Run race.

All ages are $27 for the 5K for those who register before June 20. Registration after that until July 17 is $32, and from the July 18 until Race Day is $37. Anyone who registers ahead of July 1 is guaranteed a race t-shirt, and for those following while supplies last.

Top male and female overall racers, the male and female masters, and the top 3 in each age groups will be awarded following the race.

All runners must be registered and waiting for the race to start by 7:30 a.m.

The annual Homespun Parade will begin at 10 a.m., and Alan Dean at the Nathan Dean Agency is handling requests to participate. Those interested can call 770-684-7851 for more information. The parade is free to enter, those who want to participate must have a family-friendly idea in mind, and no animals will be allowed on the parade route.

Entrants are divided up in a classification for their place in the parade. The Shriners will also be taking part. This year, youth who participated in Polk County's Special Olympics for 2019 will be the Honorary Parade Directors.

Sponsors are also what help make Homespun a success each year. Those include the premier sponsor for 2019, Redmond Regional Medical Center. They are joined by the stage sponsor, Floyd Medical Center and parade sponsor is Waste Industries.

Georgia Power is the Power Up! Generator sponsor for the year, and Peach State Ford will be sponsoring photos the Chamber takes during the event and posts online.

Registration sponsor is Georgia Highlands College. Silver Comet Furniture is sponsoring this year's map of the festival, and joins Homespun Heroes Polk County Public Service, Georgia Northwestern Technical Colelge, Croker's Hardware, Brenda Leslie — Hometown Realty, Nathan Dean Insurance Agency, Southcrest, Rockmart Slate, Sheboygan Paint, and Miura Manufacturing.

Festival friends for 2019 are Renewal by Andersen, Mary Miller State Farm, Advance Rehab, Chroma Storm Arts, and The Mosh Pit.


Youth enjoy Camp Winshape at RHS

WinShape was back at Rockmart High School in Polk County, bringing local youth the opportunity to start their summer off with fun activities and more in the second annual week-long event.

The camp is part of the Win-Shape Camps for Communities effort to provide children with day camp experiences for youth ranging from kindergarten to eighth grades. Counselors are brought in as volunteers who take part in the five-day event at Rockmart High School, and this year they had fun with 215 local youth.

Organized locally by the Chickfil-A of Rockmart with the help of community partners, the camp provides youth with recreation, arts, Bible study and worship packed together over five days.

Parents like Crystal Turner were happy to have the opportunity to give their child the experience.

"This week has been a fun and exciting week for my daughter, Emmalyn. I get excited just hearing her tell me all about her day when I pick her up," she said. "She tells me about the games, skills, cheers, and the lessons that were discussed during the day. As I am waiting in line to pick her up, I read the daily sheet. And wow, I can feel the spirit move."

"It's an amazing message that is being shared at WinShape! I am excited Emmalyn is getting to experience it this year and she is already looking forward to next year!" Turner added.

Others like Audra Wigley said the camp "was the perfect way to start our summer."

"My daughter absolutely loved camp and will be attending every year," she said.

Chick-fil-A owner Zach Thomas said he was thankful to sponsors who helped fund the event, and took part in the camp's second year in Polk County last week from June 3 through June 7.

Sponsors this year included Visionary partners who gave $1,000 or more included Chick-filA of Rockmart, Smith and Miller Funeral Home, Polk County Public Service, Sher man Ross State Farm and Jim and Karen Zauderer. Additionally, Thomas wished to thank host church Crossview Community Church and partners Fairview Baptist Church and Vintage 242.

Impact partners who gave $660 included Rockmart's Raceway and Peach State Ford.

Community partners who donated $220 were Essignmann Associates Agents of Nationwide, Kirby Brown Dental, Popham Eye Care, WZOT Radio, Coosa Valley Credit Union, Steve Heida, Brenda Leslie of Hometown Realty, the Nathan Dean Agency, Blue Moon Storage, Steven Bogner of National Rug, Perry and Melissa Littlefield, Berk leigh Mae's Boutique, Haney Farm and Ranch, Chick 'N' Scratch Bakery and Aaron Morris.

College staff trained by WinShape from around the country along with many volunteers locally helped out at the camp, which concluded last Friday with a field day event and lunch for youth and their parents.


Meeting coming soon on bridge replacement

Cedartown's city hall will play host to the Georgia Department of Transportation in coming weeks as they are planning an open house over a new bridge replacement project.

The small bridge over Skeeter Creek on North Main Street just past the intersection with West Girard Avenue is due for a replacement, and the open house will specifically be over how GDOT plans to detour traffic around construction work for the duration of the project. to 7 p.m. City officials are encouraging business owners in the proposed construction zone north of West Girard and south of the intersection of Vance Avenue.

GDOT specifically wants to hear from the public and specifically business owners in the area around the bridge about proposed detours around construction, and how those might impact traffic and commerce through the area.

The open house is planned to be informal, and they plan to make no presentation on the project specifically. However, a court reporter will be on hand to take down public comments, and those who want to make written statements can send them onward to GDOT until Thursday, July 11. They ask all comments be mailed to Eric Duff, the State Environmental Administrator at the Georgia Department of Transportation at 600 W. Peachtree St. NW — 16th floor, Atlanta, Ga., 30308.

Accommodations for those with disabilities can be made by calling ahead to Joseph Ciavarro at 678-721-5257.

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

Construction isn't slated to start anytime soon, but when they do they plan to not just replace the bridge with one meeting current standards. GDOT is also planning to

replace a section of the roadway north and south that will lead up to the new structure, starting 400 feet southwest of the Vance Avenue intersection and ending 260 northeast of the intersection with West Girard Avenue.

There will be two 11-foot travel lanes and a 14-foot center turn lane with curb and gutter and sidewalks to match existing infrastructure and the widened roadway. That will match what is already in place, and at a proposed cost of over $2.1 million.

The bridge, built in 1938, was widened in 1949 and is 34 feet long and 52 feet wide. GDOT's report cited some issues with minor cracking in concrete piers and an "unknown foundation and there are signs of scour at the abutments."

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

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

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

It is not the only bridge proposed for replacement in Polk County. On Highway 27 spanning Lake Creek, GDOT is seeking to replace the span that is also more than 80 years old.

The bridge first built in 1937 was widened in 1982 and 1998, and is due for at least a $6 million replacement, depending on which option GDOT chooses to utilize. It would take anywhere between 15 and 18 months, but is not yet past the concept phase.


AREA CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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 on Tuesday, June 18 from 1 to 5 p.m. Additional dates and times will be forthcoming. Contact Five Cedars Farm to participate at 678-246-1216 to learn more about becoming a vendor.

Crossfactor Church in Rockmart is hosting a three-day celebration to mark their official opening weekend coming up June 21 through June 23. The church located at 1057 Nathan Dean Bypass in Rockmart will start with Friday night worship at 7 p.m., a Saturday at 7 p.m. evening with Bishop Alana Mushegan, Pastor of East West Church, and 10 a.m. services on Sunday with Pastor Todd Williams. All are welcome to join next to the Walgreens and Little Caesars in the Triangle Shopping Center.

Rockmart First UMC and Rockmart Presbyterian are having a joint VBS, June 17 through June 21st, 2019, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. "Jesus, My Friend" is the theme. Songs, Skits, Bible Stories, Art and Crafts for children age 3 through 5th grade. All VBS activities will be at Rockmart First UMC. Call RFUMC office, 770-684-6251 or Rockmart Presbyterian Church office, 770-684-6289, for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rockmart Cultural Arts Center is offering a Pottery Camp on June 17 to 21, 2019 for ages 8 to 12 taught by Paul Craighead and an Art Camp on July 8 to 12, 2019 for ages 7 to 12 taught by Margaret Bearden and Peggy Cline at the Arts Center. They also have two Theatre Camps. Theatre Camp I for elementary students with Aristocats, Kids is full, however there are still spots available for Theatre Camp II on June 17 to 28 for middle and high school students performing Mary Poppins Jr. For more information, call 770-684-2707. Applications are available at the Art Gallery, City Offices, and on our website: https://www.rockmart-ga.gov/26/Arts---Rockmart-Cultural-Arts-Center

Anita Kennerly is offering a Polymer Clay Bead Workshop at the Rockmart Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $45. It includes all supplies, bring a sack lunch.

Kathy Torres is offering Paint Parties on Tuesday, June 25, July 16 and August 27 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for $20 each, which includes all supplies, at the Rockmart Cultural Arts Center. Have a fun time and take home a painting you made yourself.

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

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

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

Interested in becoming a Foster or Adoptive Parent? Open your heart to a child in need and find out how you can help. Join others who seek the love of a child every second Tuesday night of each month at 6 p.m. at Polk County Division of Family and Children Services office, 100 County Loop Road in Cedartown. Information sessions explain what is required to become a foster or adoptive parent in Georgia. For more information call Robin Forston at 404-895-6517 or email robin. forston@dhs.ga.gov or call 1-877-210-KIDS. Visit www.fostergeorgia.com for more information.

The Polk County Democratic Committee Meets on the second Saturday of every month at 9:30 a.m. In the "even" months (February, April, June, August, etc.) the organization meets at The Rockmart Library at 316 N. Piedmont Ave., Rockmart and during the "odd" months (January, March, etc.) they meet at the Cedartown Welcome Center, 609 Main St., Cedartown, GA 30125.

The American Legion in Rockmart is hosting their monthly all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner coming up this Wednesday, June 19. 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 wellinformed 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.

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