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County suing landfill operators
• Board votes to file a complaint in local court against Waste Industries for financial, operational issues.

A lawsuit was filed in the Tallapoosa Circuit Superior Court on Thursday on behalf of the Polk County Board of Commissioners seeking to get Waste Industries to fix ongoing issues at the Grady Road Landfill, as well as money officials say the company owes for overcharging and holding back host fees.

The complaint comes despite the best efforts of the landfill's operators to solve those problems according to one executive in an interview earlier this week.

County commissioners voted Tuesday to move forward with the complaint, which will be heard in Superior Court Judge Michael Murphy's courtroom.

The suit seeks just $811,552.40 in monetary compensation from Waste Industries for two specific financial violations in the

contract, stemming from the company overcharging the county on fuel fees, and additionally from underpayments of host fees. Those include interest derived from the overcharges and host fees due.

As well as those fees, the county's complaint alleges Waste Industries hasn't been making proper contributions to the trust for the post-closure fund to monitor the site through testing wells once it is closed for good, and seeks to get an independent auditor involved in the process.

It cites that Waste Industries failed to live up to the operating agreement due to "inadequate control of odors emanating from the landfill as a result, in part, of the acceptance and disposal of industrial and municipal sludge, among other odor producing sources."

The lawsuit also states the agreement has been defaulted upon due to lack of proper litter control along Highway 278 leading to Grady Road, "flagging of waste deposited in the landfill resulting in an attraction for buzzards and annoyance to adjacent and nearby neighbors," and for not covering the waste. The county also seeks redress of "failing to control escaping leachate and gases which contribute to the noxious odors at and near the landfill."

A range of noise complaints from trucks, machinery and other equipment around the landfill also were included in the lawsuit's reasons for Waste Industries failing to live up to the contract.

"Defendant has repeatedly promised and assured Polk County that it will alleviate these violations of the Operating Agreement, but it has failed to do so and continues to operate the landfill in breach of its obligations under the Operating Agreement," the filing stated.

The county thus seeks a "permanent injunction requiring the defendant to abate the nuisances at the landfill caused by odors, litter, flagging of waste deposited at the landfill, inadequate ground cover, escaping leachate and gas, the proliferation of buzzards and the excessive noise."

Waste Industries receives trash from 10 counties within the state of Georgia, along with two from across the border in Alabama in order to generate revenue, a portion of which goes back to the county in annual host fees and a charge per ton on a variable scale based on the daily tonnages brought into the facility near the intersection of Highway 278 and Grady Road.

The county is being represented by David Flint of Schreeder, Wheeler and Flint, LLP of Atlanta as lead attorney in the complaint. County Attorney Brad McFall is also working on the case as well.

McFall said following the county's vote on Tuesday that complaints from citizens were one of the main reasons why the county seeks redress of problems of landfill operations.

"The board in an effort to address what we believe are these significant operational issues will be filing a complaint to bring the matter before the court to ensure that ETC of Georgia is fully and completely complying with our contract," McFall said.

ETC of Georgia was the first company to sign a contract with the County in late 2001 to take over operations of the Grady Road Landfill. It was later bought by Waste Industries.

As far as the money goes, that comes down to a contract issue as well according to McFall.

"In addition to the operational issues, the county believes there are certain charges that have resulted in overcharges to the county," he said. "We also believe there may have been inaccurate calculations regarding tonnage and host fees."

McFall had no new comments following the Thursday filing.

Operational issues were those that Waste Industries Regional Vice President Jason Zepp said were ongoing, and his company is seeking resolution. Buzzards, for instance, are currently being dealt with via an air cannon that goes off intermittently.

"What is meant to do is scare the buzzards out of the area. So they'll essentially leave the area," Zepp said. "Our concern was OK, if we're going to scare them out of the landfill, scare them out of the area, we want them gone completely from the area, we don't want them flying over the neighbor's houses."

The birds are a particular problem that many have complained about at past commission meetings. Zepp said in an effort to curb this problem of the buzzards, Waste Industries is testing a "high pitched sonar to try to combat them from one side. To boom here, and combat them here. So we're trying to drive them out of the area altogether."

Zepp said seasonal migration of some of the buzzards is also causing issues with their current plan of attack, and that his company is committed to trying several tactics. A solution of eliminating the buzzards by simply shooting them is out of the question, he added.

"We don't feel that is a great practice to do that on the landfill, and we don't encourage anyone to do that," Zepp said. "We're going to try to engineer our way out of the problem instead of just shooting them, first and foremost."

Another area where Waste Industries hopes to alleviate another problem is getting the growing vertical space of the landfill covered with grass as soon as possible. Zepp said the final capping project on the east side of the hill will allow it to "show green by the end of the summer."

"That will help a lot with the aesthetics of the site," Zepp said.

He also said that a tarp is now being used at night to cover the open cells being used at the time for garbage burial, and have started to use a spray-on called Posishell "an almost stucco-like material" to help combat the trash.

Also, he pointed out his company's previous decision to pick up trash on a 10-mile stretch of Highway 278 outside of the agreement at their own expense as one way they've acted in good faith as the Grady Road Landfill operator.

Zepp covers many more of the issues in a Letter to the Editor distributed around the community and submitted to the Standard Journal for publication, available in this week's edition on the Commentary page.

Waste Industries only wants to be "partners with the county, and that's what we wanted from day one."

"You haven't seen us come back in social media. You haven't seen us be defensive or combative," Zepp said. "We're not the enemy here. Yes, there is a landfill in the county. Yes, there are odors that come about."

It was not known earlier in the week when Zepp sat down for an interview that the county is seeking monetary damages from Waste Industries for their allegation over the failure to pay full host fees and also over fuel fee overcharges.

Additional comments following the filing came in last Friday afternoon. Here's Zepp's full statement below:

"As expected, the Polk County Commission has elected to file a lawsuit against ETC. We are disappointed because this lawsuit will be protracted and expensive for the County, and is completely unnecessary. We have worked in partnership with the Commission since 2004 and have worked hard not only to be best-in-class landfill operators, but also to be good and responsible corporate citizens."

His statement continued that "We are highly confidant ETC is in compliance with the terms of the operating agreement, the landfill permit, and applicable law. Additionally, our operations meet or exceed all State and Federal regulatory requirements as well as our contractual obligations to the citizens of Polk County. Our goal is to continue to remain partners and not adversaries. We will continue to use our best practices and expertise in operating the Grady Road Landfill, while continuing to contribute to the Polk County economy in many ways."


Cedartown woman killed by officers
• Chase that began in Cave Spring ends tragically in Rome after Kimberly McCann tried to shoot down police seeking her arrest.

Events unfolded in Polk and Floyd counties last week after a woman who had run-ins with the police several times over two days saw her life come to an end following a chase, a crash and then a shootout with officers attempting to bring her into custody alive.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is involved at the request of Floyd County departments and the Georgia State Patrol after Kimberly McCann, a 55-year-old Cedartown woman, was shot and killed on May 7 at the end of a chase that started in Cave Spring.

Two incidents on the day prior on May 6 involving local police showed erratic behavior by McCann.

According to Polk County police report and 911 dispatches:

On Sunday, May 6, McCann called 911 at 10:25 a.m., to report there was a domestic disturbance across the street from her Harris Circle residence in Cedartown.

Polk County police arrived and one of the two responding officers, Sgt. Wayne Breeden, noticed McCann "was sweating and her hands were shaking." He asked McCann if she was OK and she said she had PTSD from her service in the Air Force. The officer joked with her saying he was an Army vet.

"She smiled and told me that she did not like the Cedartown Police Department because they had admitted her to the hospital but we were OK," Breeden wrote. He went to check on the disturbance across the street and a short time later McCann got belligerent and was "shooting the bird towards the people involved in the domestic dispute."

Breeden asked McCann to go back to her home. She did but began yelling obscenities at the officers, so they decided to charge her with disorderly conduct. McCann fled back to her home and locked the door.

At that point McCann told police they were trespassing on her property. The officers were in the garage and she attempted to close the garage door. "I opened the door and walked out," Breeden wrote.

During that time, McCann contacted 911 saying "the deputy was pointing a gun at her." Throughout the conversation McCann hung up the phone and 911 responding officers attempted to contact her.

At 11:21 a.m. McCann called 911 again and said she wanted the people off her property.

"They can't be on her property (she) just wants them off. Says they took her dog. People trying to break into her property and took her dog. Didn't want them on her property and her dog gets ran over it is not going to be good for anybody ... (she) told them she did have a gun but she was not going to get the gun ... and she just wants them off her property," according to 911 records.

She also said they are harassing her and "Polk PD is shooting at her and her dog."

McCann said she was going to call the Polk County Sheriff and Breeden called for a sheriff's deputy to come and speak with McCann.

At 11:06 a.m., a sheriff's deputy arrived and attempted to make contact with her. Polk County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Archie McKinney removed his weapon from his holster and went up to speak with McCann. McKinney came back saying McCann had "something in her hand that appeared to be a weapon but did not point it at him."

A representative from the Veteran's Affairs crisis line told Breeden they'd gotten a call from McCann who said "she wanted to kill herself and she had weapons and if the police came to her home she would shoot them."

"She stated that the suspect had been diagnosed with a mental disorder and was unsure if she had been taking her meds," Breeden wrote. The counselor told police McCann had secured the firearms in her safe and they got a safety plan to follow up with her doctor.

Dispatch checked to see if she had any arrest warrants and she did not. Breeden wrote they decided to leave the scene and let McCann calm down.

The second call

At 3:15 p.m., another call was received for the area. A neighbor reported she heard a gunshot and was concerned because of the police presence earlier in the day. Three Polk County police officers, including Breeden, and PCSO Sgt. McKinney responded to the call. They went around to the back of the residence.

A 911 dispatcher called McCann from a personal cell phone because "she was ignoring admin calls to make sure she was still alive ... she advised me she was fine but then stated someone was trying to break into her house and I adv(ised) her is was PD."

At that point McCann told 911 "she didn't call us or PD and she wanted them off her property" and then hung up the phone.

"We did not see anyone but heard the dogs barking inside," Breeden wrote. "A few seconds later we heard the suspect yell 'who is it'?"

An officer went to the front door and asked if she was ok. McCann said she was and the officer noted she didn't appear to be injured.

Breeden got the phone number for McCann's mother from a neighbor and told her what had been going on that day.

"(The mother) told me that her daughter had spent some time in a (mental institution) at Grady this past year and that she got like this when she started drinking," Breeden stated. He also told her he did not smell any alcohol on McCann.

As officers left the area at 3:53 p.m., a dispatcher noted "I spoke to the crisis center again and they haven't spoken to her but the mother did try to call them also ... (the mother) also adv(ised) she may be off her medication."

Officers involved in shooting on paid leave

The four law enforcement officers involved in the shooting in Floyd County on the afternoon of May 7 have been put on administrative leave pending the result of the GBI's investigation, officials with the Floyd County Police Department, Floyd County Sheriff's Office and Georgia State Patrol said.

The officers who shot back at McCann were Floyd County police officers Leonard Whaley and Chris Shelley, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jamie Mitchell and Floyd County Sheriff's Deputy Devin Womack, according to GBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Ramey.

Floyd County Police Chief Mark Wallace and Sheriff Tim Burkhalter also said their officers will undergo counseling.

"At this point we feel that our officers responded correctly and we want to ensure that their physical as well as emotional health are tended to," Wallace said.

According to Ramey, the supervisor of the GBI's Region 1 office in Calhoun:

A Cave Spring police officer had tried to make a traffic stop on the 55-year-old McCann around 3 p.m. Monday as she was speeding in her red Toyota pickup truck through a school zone in town. A chase began when McCann did not stop, and it was eventually joined by members of the three other agencies involved.

The pursuit of McCann continued until reaching the intersection of U.S. 411 and Ga. Loop 1, where she crashed into several police vehicles. She fired first at police and the four officers returned fire, killing her. No officers were injured.

Editor Kevin Myrick and RN-T Staff Writer Spencer Lahr contributed to this report.


SWEET TEA
Morris celebrates 20 Years of "Mother's Day Tea"

The second grade hall is abuzz each May with the anticipation of an event that celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, Mrs. Morris' Mother's Day Tea.

Susan Morris began teaching in 1998 at Goodyear Elementary School and in her first year began the Mother's Day Tea, a formal event celebrating her students' mothers.

The event each year features projects that the students work on as Mother's Day gifts. From poems, to drawings, books and crafts, each child creates memorable keepsakes that they present to their mom at the tea.

Student desks are transformed into dreamy table-scapes of pastel table clothes, candles and greenery. Soft music is played in the background as students escort their mothers into the classroom one at a time, however not before presenting her with a rose. Mothers take their seats and are treated to a performance by the class of two songs and recitation of a Mother's Day poem.

Morris then shows a video of music and photos captured throughout the school year. The Mother's Day Tea includes refreshments of cupcakes and punch alongside tears of joy and laughter. Each mother and child then has the opportunity to have their photo in front of a specially made background before leaving with the student's silhouette.

At the end of the event the room is filled with hugs and a special memory that the mothers take with them.

This year marked the 20th Annual Mother's Day Tea in which Morris addressed the crowd about her mother, "my mom always said that Mother's Day was the second most special day of the year.

"She normally is here to help me with this event, however she passed on four years ago and I continue to do this to honor her," said Morris.

Morris' mother was also the inspiration behind starting the Mother's Day Tea, "my mama always took care of me and I think it is important to honor mothers and what they mean in our lives," said Morris.

Thanks to Polk County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Blair Elrod, who was kind enough to share this report. – KM, PCSJ Editor


Film crews to shut down Main Street

Film crews are coming to Cedartown at the end of the month to start production locally for "Brooklyn," the code name for a pilot being shot for HBO.

Cherie New, the assistant location manager for Atlanta Metro Studios who is helping organize the two-day shoot in Cedartown, said that local

residents should be advised now that Main Street will be shutting down while they are here for filming of actions scenes set in 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma, during the days of a riot in the Greenwood District of the city.

The production will be shutting down Cedartown's Main Street starting on midnight of May 30, and will keep it closed for two days. Filming will take place on a schedule of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and utilize the main thoroughfare, along with some side streets and alleyways.

Main Street from Prior Street to Ware Street will be shut down, with detours available around College and Philpot Streets for those who still need to get around downtown Cedartown.

Production crews are also asking those who don't have to be on Main Street during filming to avoid the downtown area as much as possible, since today's wardrobe and styles in closets across Polk County won't match those found during the time period in Oklahoma in 1921.

Filming comes on the 97th anniversary of the start of the riots during the second day of the production schedule on May 31.

The project, code named "Brooklyn" and being produced by Peachy Clean Productions, will look to re-create some of the more dramatic events of the 1921 race riot in Tulsa, Oklahoma in Cedartown.

Their main reason for using Main Street is the Houseal Building's architectural style along with other shops within downtown, which matches the look of businesses along Greenwood Avenue that were burned during Tulsa's riot.

Plans for the upcoming filming include the use of live animals, 300 extras and special effects during the shoot.

Along with Main Street, production crews will also be using Sterling Holloway Place and Warehouse Street to complete their scenes.

Kellie Morrison, who represents Peachy Clean Productions, said previously when presenting the plan to Cedartown City Commissioners that if the resulting pilot episode were picked up for a full season's run on HBO, they'd likely come back to film more locally. The plot of the show deals with an "alternate reality" of the progress of history as well, Morrison said.

On a Facebook posting on CL Casting's page (facebook.com/CatrettLockeCasting,) they're posting a request for extras for the upcoming shoot as well.

They're seeking African-American men and women with natural hair colors, no extensions or shaved heads, fake nails or visible tattoos. Everyone must be over 21, and be able to come to a fitting in Chamblee with a date to be determined.

Anyone interested can contact prep@roselockecasting.com, and include current pictures, age, height, weight and all contact information for consideration.


AREA CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Signups are underway now to take part in a 5K Fun Run and 1 mile walk coming up on June 16 at 9 a.m., starting at the Silver Comet Trailhead in Rockmart. Contact theloseys@gmail.com to learn more and register.

Bellview Baptist Church WMU and Brotherhood will be selling BBQ plates for $8 per plate on Friday, May 18. The meals are from Williams BBQ and the plates are pork for sandwich, bun, slaw, beans, and a cookie. Proceeds will be used for Operation Christmas Child shipping costs. The meal will be on Friday, May 18. Please contact 404 859 0641 before the deadline of May 13 and leave a message to purchase tickets. There will be items on display for a Silent Auction at the church during the BBQ.

Join the University of Georgia's Extension office of Polk County and the American Cancer Society for the upcoming Cooking for a Lifetime cancer prevention cooking school. The upcoming class is happening on Thursday, May 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Richardson Field Depot at 180 W. Elm. St., Rockmart. The class is free, but registrations are due next week on Thursday, May 24. Call The Polk County Cooperative Extension office at 770-749-2142 to register, or e-mail uge2233@uga.edu.

The next spaghetti dinner at American Legion Post will be this Wednesday, May 16. Meal of spaghetti, meatballs, garlic toast and salad served from 5 to 7 p.m. $5 for all-you-can-eat. Join the American Legion for a good meal in a family-friendly environment. Everybody is welcome.

Registration is open now for the Rockmart Cultural Arts Commission's summer camps. The first for grades Kindergarten through 5th grade will feature "Winnie the Pooh" on June 6 through June 15, followed by a camp for grades 6 to 12 for "Bye, Bye, Birdie" on June 18 through June 29. For more information on price and to sign up call 770-684-2707 today.

Cedartown GROW Day camp is being offered July 2 through 6 at Cedartown First United Methodist Church in partnership with Anna Kresge Memorial United Methodist Church and Marietta Street United Methodist Church. Signups are underway now, and go to growdaycamps.org/ to learn more. Scholarships are available.

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.

A homecoming celebration is planned at Bellview Baptist Church on Sunday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m. Worship will be lead by the Dove Quartet of Rome, and a fellowship meal will follow the morning service. No Sunday school will be held that morning. All are invited to attend.

Victory's Stockings of Love Ministry will be providing free summer food bags to school-aged children in Polk County from June 3 to Aug. 9, 2018. When you register your child, you will receive a re-usable bag full of non-perishable and kid-friendly food items. Bring the bag back. once a week to the food pantry for a refill. Food Pantry hours are Mondays 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesdays 5 to 7 p.m. and Thursdays 8 to 10 a.m. Victory Baptist Church is located at 15 Hendrix Road (off Highway 278) in Rockmart.

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 email marthadye@ngumc.net for more information or questions. The church also updates weekly on their website at rockmartumc.org.

The Youth Summerfest Committee will be having a meeting for the 20th Annual Youth Summerfest Olympics. The dates for the meetings are Saturday, May 19; Saturday, June 2; Saturday, June 16; Saturday, June 30; Saturday, July 14 and Thursday, July 26 (this meeting is at 6 p.m. in the Northwest Park gym) All meetings will be at Turner Street Center in Cedartown until June. Beginning in the month Journal of June all meetings will be mandatory and will be at Bert Woods Athletic Complex Park (Northwest Park.) All Meetings will begin at 9 a.m. The 20th Annual Youth Summerfest will be on Saturday July 28th 2018 at Bert Woods Athletic Complex Park. For more information please contact Pastor Joy Fredrick at 770-713-5440, Pastor Kenneth Brown at 706-767-0874 or Courtney Ripoll at 770-689-7838.

Register now for the Rockmart Cultural Arts Commission Art Summer camp for ages 7 through 12. This year's theme is "Go West." The camp is scheduled or July 9 through July 13. For more information on price and to sign up call 770-684-2707 today.

Victory Baptist Church will host Christmas in July on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Peek's Park in Cedartown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free event will have children games, clothing, lunch, back packs with school supplies, groceries, and hair cuts (back packs and hair cuts are for children under 18 only and they must be present). If you need a ride to the park, call 678-685-4570 before July 20th.

Rivers of Living Water is hosting its 9th Annual "Your Best" talent show. The talent show will have two categories: younger children (ages 5-11) and older kids (ages 12-17). The winner will receive a trophy. Auditions for the talent show will be Saturday, May 19 and Saturday, June 2. The auditions will be at Rivers of Living Water from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The "Your Best" talent show will be Saturday June 23, 2018 at Rivers of Living Water at 5 p.m. There will be a $100 drawing at the talent show. Admission for the talent show is $10. For more information please contact Courtney Ripoll at 770-689-7838

Mark your calendars for June 9 and the annual Kids Fishing Rodeo organized by the combined efforts of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and C.W. Matthews' owned Kenview Farms in Rockmart. Check back in coming weeks for more information on the annual fishing event.

The next West Georgia Spay/Neuter Clinic is coming to the Cedartown-Polk County Humane Society this Wednesday, May 16. 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.

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

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 chruch, 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 www.facebook.com/FamilyQuest42/

The Sit 'n Stitch crafters group meet each Wednesday except the last Wednesday of the month. Bring a sack lunch along, a project of your own to work on, or help out with a mission project and enjoy fellowship with other crafters learning the art. No special skills are required for participation, only a willingness to learn and have fun. For details contact Madeline Brown at 678-435-5032.

The Kiwanis Club of Cedartown encourages members to take part in weekly meetings on Fridays at noon at the Cherokee County Club. Potential new members are asked to get in touch with Rhonda Heuer, Club Secretary at 770-748-1016 to learn more about how you can take part in making the community a better place. Annual dues are required for membership. Visit kiwanis.org to learn about the club.

Check out the Rockmart Farmers Market at the Silver Comet Trailhead behind Southcrest Bank on Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. after the holiday break. Visit Rockmartfarmersmarket.com for details about vendors and upcoming classes.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are providing opportunities to local residents interested in hearing the message of Jesus Christ. For more information about how you can speak to local Elders, contact 687-852-7497, or visit their meeting house at 10005 N. Main St., Cedartown for worship services at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

The Ferst Foundation Community Action Team meets the first Monday of the month at 5 p.m., alternately in Cedartown and Rockmart. Call 404-862-1273 for the meeting location. Find out more about how to help improve childhood literacy in Polk County at ferstfoundation.org.

Shiloh Baptist Church would like to invite the community to come participate in worship services weekly at their sanctuary at 433 Shiloh Road. Join the church for Sunday school at 10 a.m., followed by 11 a.m. service or Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. Call Pastor Jamie Newsome for more information at 404-425-8510.

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 Cedartown Optimist Club meets on Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m. for their weekly breakfast meeting and encourages members to join in and take part at the Goodyear Civic Center on Prior Street in Cedartown. Those interested in joining the Optimist Club and help local youth organizations can contact Ronnie Dingler by email at nmvideo@bellsouth.net.

Cedar Lake Christian Center is a non-denominational community who invites anyone looking to find the holy spirit within them to come join in worship services on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Neil Hopper, along with Hispanic services as well to the community. Those interested in participating can join in at Cedar Lake Christian Center, located at 1890 Rome Highway, Cedartown. For more information call 770-608-0651.