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Humane society to hold shelter dedication

Local furry friends have a new place to feel safe now that the Cedartown-Polk County Humane Society has completed work on a new, permanent shelter to house stray or unwanted pets for adoption.

The local nonprofit is set to hold the dedication and ribbon cutting of the facility on Rockmart Highway near Grady Road on Oct. 6 at 4 p.m.

The Cedartown-Polk County Humane Society was chartered in 2014. Although it did not have a permanent physical presence, it worked to rescue abused, neglected, unwanted animals in the county by arranging foster care, adoptions, low-cost neutering/spaying and transporting animals to no-kill shelters in other parts of the state.

In January 2021, Cedartown native and animal lover Kerry Hall passed away after a short battle with cancer. Her family’s sadness over her passing fulfilled a dream for the humane society when they decided to donate her home at 3416 Rockmart Highway for the humane society’s needs.

“Kerry loved all kinds of animals…dogs, cats, birds, and even turtles, and during her life she cared for scores of animals on her property located between Cedartown and Rockmart,” a statement from the humane society said.

“When she died, her family could think of no better way to honor her memory than to donate her house and outbuildings to become a permanent, official no-kill shelter and adoption center for God’s creatures she loved so dearly. The Hall family has transformed their loss into a living memorial that fulfills the dream of the Cedartown-Polk County Humane Society and the hundreds of volunteers who have supported the organization since it was founded.”

Local philanthropies and countless individuals rose to the occasion and contributed funding and sweat equity into transforming the property into a top-class shelter facility.

The Cedartown-Polk County Humane Society Board of Directors, Director Charlotte Harrison, and the Polk County Chamber of Commerce invite the public to attend the official grand opening, dedication, and ribbon cutting of the property.

The group will then hold its third annual charity golf tournament the following day, Oct. 7, at Cherokee Country Club in Cedartown.

For more information about the Cedartown-Polk County Humane Society and to see the available animals waiting for forever homes, go to cedartownpolkcountyhumanesociety.com.


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Cedartown’s Holloway Hunny Pot Festival features nice weather, several vendors

The residents of the Hundred Acre Wood may have been partial to their home, but Cedartown’s Big Spring Park certainly provided a proper backdrop for the Third Annual Holloway Hunny Pot Festival on Saturday.

Taking advantage of some dry weather and sunny skies, the festival is named for Cedartown native Sterling Holloway, who is most notable for providing the voice of Winnie the Pooh in Walt Disney’s first “Winnie the Pooh” featurettes.

Taking a cue from the lovable stuffed bear, Saturday’s festival included vendors with locally produced honey and honey-based products for sale, as well as artisans selling handmade jewelry, accessories and children’s items. Food trucks were parked around the Cedartown Water Department facility to tempt and tame any craving.

Winnie the Pooh made an appearance as well, taking photos with visitors while also starting off the Pooh Stick race, which consisted of numbered wooden honey dippers floating down the Big Spring overflow channel to the finish line. People were able to adopt a stick for a $1 donation for a chance to win $100 compliments of Madden Consulting.

The Woman’s Building just next to the park was home to a Holloway exhibit headed up by Cedartown resident Donnie Jarrell, who is the owner of many photographs and memorabilia chronicling Holloway’s life and acting career.

The festival is presented each year by the city of Cedartown.


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Senate study committee considers how to beef up Georgia’s cybersecurity

ATLANTA — A committee of state senators met on the Georgia Tech campus Tuesday, Sept. 13, to learn how the state can boost its cybersecurity.

Industry and academic experts described how cyberthreats have evolved over the past decades to the committee chaired by Sen. Jason Anavitarte, R-Dallas.

“It’s our belief we need to leverage every asset that we have,” Anavitarte said, stressing the need for a bipartisan effort. “This cannot be territorial. This cannot be Republican versus Democrat.”

“One single incident can lead to a major disruption in business,” added David Levine, chief information security officer for RICO International, a Stone Mountain-based manufacturer. Levine and other experts said schools, hospitals, transportation and energy supplies are all at risk.

Anavitarte is serves Georgia’s 31st District, which includes Polk County.

Georgians may recall the attack on the Colonial gas pipeline last year that stymied the flow of fuel on the East Coast or the ransomware attack on the city of Atlanta that gummed up computer operations for months in 2018.

Floyd County Schools lost, then recovered, nearly $200,000 earlier this year and a malware attack on the fledgling state eCourt system in 2019 disabled the county courts participating in the pilot program.

Hackers target governments and businesses through emails and phishing. They can hold data from governments or businesses ransom for large sums of money and even delete essential files, several experts said. Typically, the motivation is money, Levine said.

As the threats have grown, so has the demand for skilled cybersecurity workers.

Georgia Tech founded a School of Cybersecurity and Privacy to help train cybersecurity experts.

The university sponsors advanced research as well as programs for undergraduates who get real-world experience helping governments and businesses fix cybersecurity problems.

Shorter-term training programs are also needed to rapidly grow the workforce, said Curley Henry, vice president and deputy chief information security officer for Georgia Power.

Henry described a program that helps Georgia single mothers earn a cybersecurity certificate and find employment. Such short-term training programs can help fill staffing needs quickly, he said.

Another challenge is collecting and coordinating information about cybersecurity attacks. Companies understandably do not always want to disclose when they’ve been attacked, said Matt Guinn, a principal research scientist at Georgia Tech.

But a Georgia law that took effect last year requires government entities to report cyberattacks to the state’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency.

“I believe that bill really helped … get in front of a problem once it occurs, rather than playing catch up,” said David Allen, the state’s chief information security officer.

Allen said it’s extremely rare for a cyber attacker to be prosecuted and convicted because the attacks are hard to trace and may involve multiple states or countries. Still, his office works closely with federal agents from the FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Secret Service to investigate attacks.

States like Ohio and Michigan have attempted to improve cybersecurity by creating civilian cybersecurity corps that can provide rapid responses to attacks, Allen said. The legislators appeared to be interested in the idea.

The committee plans to meet next in October.


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Standard Journal Area Calendar of Events from the Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022 edition

Sons of the American Legion Post 12 in Rockmart hosts a $5 All-You-Can-Eat spaghetti and meatball supper each third Wednesday of the month from 5-7 p.m. at 1 Veterans Circle. Each meal comes with garlic bread, salad and tea, and all proceeds got to veterans’ and children’s programs.

Cedar Lake Christian Center is offering a drive-thru prayer service on the fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at its facility at 1890 Rome Highway in Cedartown. Guests in need of prayer can feel free to stay in the comfort of their vehicle and be prayed for.

The Good Neighbor Center Food Pantry, 71 Woodall Road, Cedartown, is open the second and fourth Sunday of each month from noon to 3 p.m. for anyone in need of food assistance. The pantry is located next to the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. For more information call 678-901-9184.

The Northwest Georgia Area Agency on Aging is presenting a free wellness workshop starting soon people can join without leaving home. If you don’t have a computer or Internet, both can be provided for you at no cost. The six-week program will meet Thursdays at 2 p.m. from Sept. 15 through Oct. 20. Participants will receive a reference book and one-on-one assistance to make it easy to connect. Space is limited. Call Rogena Walden, Wellness Coordinator, at 706-295-6485 to reserve your spot.

Stand-Up for Hope, a benefit show for Our House domestic violence services, will be Oct. 14 at the Cedartown Performing Arts Center auditorium at 7 p.m. featuring nationally-touring comedians Kay Dodd and Kenn Kington. Tickets are $15 and available online at standupforhope.com.

Keep Polk Beautiful is sponsoring the Rivers Alive 2022 cleanup on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon in Rockmart. Volunteers will meet at Seaborn Jones Park for registration at 8:30 a.m. The first 100 volunteers will receive a Rivers Alive T-Shirt. Snacks and drinks will be available from Cook Farm. Lunch will be provided by the Cedartown Junior Service League. For more information contact Randy Cook at 678-246-1083 or rcook@cedartowngeorgia.gov.

The Cedartown High School class of 1977 is planning to hold its 45-year reunion on Saturday, Oct. 22. To register and for details, visit the reunion’s website at chs1977reunion.com.

Two Cedartown businesses are accepting donations of new or gently used beauty products through October to help give back to women who are being helped out by local shelters. The “Give Back Your Beauty” drive is being held by Coosa Dental, 109 East Ave., and FHF Hair Design, 305 Main St. Donations can include make-up, make-up remover wipes, curling irons, blow dryers, perfume, nail polish, lotion, nail clippers and more.

Kresge United Methodist Church is hosting a GriefShare group meeting each Thursday at 7 p.m. through Nov. 10. People can join the group at any time. The program is non-denominational and features biblical concepts for healing through group discussion, video seminars and a personal workbook. For more information contact Linda Stanton at 770-468-5957 or call the church office at 770-748-4309.

The Rockmart Cultural Arts Center has several art classes scheduled for children and adults through the end of the year. Take time to learn something new and bring out your creative side. For more information, visit the RCAC Facebook page at facebook.com/rcac.ga or contact the Arts Center at 770-684-2707 or rcac@rockmart-ga.gov.

Want to get your event or announcement on the calendar? E-mail JStewart@polkstandardjournal.com with details at least two weeks before the event begins.


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