Letter to the editor

To the citizens and community of Cedartown Georgia,

My name is Robert Michael Deems, most call me Mike. I was raised and lived in Rome, Ga. for all of my life until I began to work here in Cedartown over 5 years ago.

Soon after starting work at Geo Specialty Chemicals, I moved here. I have became to love this city and absolutely love living here and calling Cedartown my home. The community here is completely awesome and everyone here seems to care about one another.

I’ve never seen any community be as much involved with everything that goes on here. To me, it feels just like one big family. I love my job, this town, and the atmosphere.

However, my heart is very heavy.

On May 19, 2017, I performed the most selfish act that I’ve ever performed in my entire life. I took a day off work to play in a golf tournament at Meadow Lakes Golf Course.

I enjoyed the tournament very much and had a lot of fun. The tournament lasted until after 5 p.m., and throughout the day, I drank several beers.

When it came time to go home, I thought “I’m not that drunk, I’m not wobbling around, I can make it home.”

I only lived a couple of miles from the course, surely I could make it.

When I started heading home, instead of going through the bypass, I chose to go through town. I got all the way through Cedartown, right in front of Ace Hardware ( a quarter mile from my house).

That’s when everything changed for me.

I looked down just after crossing the railroad track, when I looked up, I was coming up on the back end of van. I mashed my breaks has hard as I could but to no avail.

I went up under the bumper and hit the back wheels of the van totally my car, I then came to a stop in the other lane of on-coming traffic, where an attentive driver came to a stop just in front of my car.

I received a DUI for my selfish act, and I am still awaiting the court date.

The last several days has been the hardest on my mind, and especially my heart.

I woke this morning in tears to what I had done and mostly for what I could have done. Today, I am writing this letter to the citizens and community of Cedartown Georgia, and to anyone who had been driving through Cedartown at that time. I want to say to all of you that you will never know how sorry I am for doing that to this community that I love very much.

I thank God that the only car hurt in this accident was mine ( that’s a miracle in itself) and that absolutely no one was hurt. My heart aches for what could have happen.

I could have been killed or someone else could have, I could have totaled someone else’s car but mine. And for that possibility, I’m glad it didn’t but I’m sorry to city of Cedartown and people who reside here.

There is one thing you can count on from me, it will never happen again! It’s impossible because I will never touch alcohol again.

I’m making that vow to myself, this community, and to the great God of heaven. I’ve surrendered my heart back to him because I’ve been running for nearly ten years.

He sparred me and stepped in and saved not only my life, but the life of everyone I passed as I was trying to get home.

No one ask me to do this, it was on my heart to. So to the community of Cedartown and all the citizens from young to old, I truly love it here and I am asking this for your forgiveness and hope you will.

No other place I’d rather be than in Cedartown, Georgia! It’s the greatest.

From my heart!

Robert Michael Deems,

Cedartown resident