Things to do in Cherokee County Tuesday, July 26

The Family Care Center in the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center in Centre includes a Thrift Store open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Family Care Center helps others by giving clothing, food and possibly hope to families in their time of need. The Center asks for your help by supporting its thrift stores. There are currently three locations, the one in Centre, another at 5511 Main St. in Hokes Bluff and another in Cedar Bluff. The Center is currently helping more than 100 families per week and thanks the community for its continued support. Director is Cindy McGinnis.

The Centre City Council meets at 5 p.m. in Centre City Hall on Main Street in Centre. The work session begins at 4 p.m.

The next meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Education is Tuesday, July 26, 2016 and will be held at the Central Office. The Board Meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and items on the agenda include: 1. Adopt Agenda 2. Approve Minutes 3. Accept Exclusivity of Beverages Bid for Gaylesville School 4. Personnel 5. Approve Professional Development 6. Review Job Postings 7. Other 8. Robbie Stokes to Meet with Board The Board regularly meets on the first and third Tuesdays of a month at 6 p.m. at the Central Office.

Visit the beautiful Rock Village, home of some of the best hiking and rock climbing throughout the world. Enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery. Go to the intersection of U.S. Highway, to the intersection of County Road 36 and County Road 70, turn left and follow 411 and Highway 68 in Leesburg, turn right, turn left on Cherokee County 36 the signs.

Visit the historical Cornwall Furnace on Cherokee County Road 92 in Cedar Bluff.

Kimoto Tech announces $6 million investment in new production line

Cedartown’s Kimoto Tech, Inc. announced in a press release on Monday, July 25, a $6 million capital investment project that will allow the film-coating company to progress with the advancement of new technologies and sustain their global competitiveness.

The Cedartown Development Authority approved a memorandum of understanding to allow Kimoto Tech to move forward with selling bonds to pay for their equipment purchases locally, along with an agreement to allow for a tax abatement from several of the local authorities when selling the bonds.

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Kimoto Tech, owned by of Kimoto Co. Ltd, headquartered in Saitama, Japan, is making an investment mainly in new equipment for a production line in the 110,000 square foot manufacturing and corporate office facility.

Cedartown is also the site for Kimoto Tech’s 13,000 square foot Research and Development Center.

“We are very excited about Kimoto’s capital investment project,” said Cedartown City Commission Chairman Larry Odom. “Kimoto has been and continues to be a successful model of an industry that not only excels in their field, but also serves as an example of a fine community partner and neighbor. The commission and the City of Cedartown looks forward to working alongside Kimoto in this project and in the future.”

The investment will include the addition of a Class 1000 Clean Room Compact Coating Line and multiple technology upgrades to the existing coating line.

“These improvements will permit Kimoto Tech, Inc. to support new advanced touch screen, display, electronic and IoT (Internet of Things) markets,” explained Kimoto Tech Inc., President Miguel Leal. “The rapid advancement of technology in recent years has changed the landscape of manufacturing considerably. Kimoto Tech Inc., is making every effort to remain relevant with ever changing demands for optical grade and specialty coated films. These two enhancements to our Cedartown manufacturing operations will permit Kimoto Tech Inc., to remain competitive in domestic and international markets.”

Leal said one line will be getting a $1 million equipment upgrade following several years of 8 major upgrades to the line. A previous production line shut down prior to economic hard times was moved out, and the rest of the investment will be spent on equipment purchases and facility upgrades for what Leal called the “compact line.”

New equipment has been ordered and is being produced, Leal said, and should be delivered and begin full operations in April or May of 2017, depending on how long upgrades take to complete.

He also said the parent company in Japan had previously considered a $30 million upgrade to the facility in Cedartown, but the value of the Yen made that too risky of an investment for them to consider.

The capital investment project was made public during tonight’s meeting of the Cedartown Development Authority. Kimoto Tech acknowledged appreciation for the significant contributions for this project by the Development Authority of Polk County, the Cedartown Board of Commissioners and the Cedartown Development Authority.

“These vital public institutions are making this investment possible through tax incentives in support of local industry,” Leal said. “Capital investment by public corporations coupled with local government support of industry will always remain key ingredients in sustaining a vibrant community. Kimoto Tech, Inc. wishes to express gratitude to all members of these two organizations for assisting Kimoto Tech, Inc. in establishing a future within Polk County and the State of Georgia.”

Georgia Department for Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr also expressed gratitude to the local boards and commended Kimoto for continuing to build on a decades-long operation.

“We are excited that Kimoto Tech, Inc. has continued to grow and thrive in Georgia for nearly 30 years,” said Georgia Department for Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “The local support from the Cedartown Board of Commissioners, the Cedartown Develop-ment Authority and the Development Authority of Polk County is a testament to the importance of providing resources to our existing industries as they are the backbone of our state.”

Kimoto Tech opened their operations in Cedartown in 1985.

Woman charged with having meth at the jail

A Rome woman was being held without bond Monday on methamphetamine charges including possession of the drug behind the guard line, reports stated.

According to jail reports:

Ashley Renee Selman, 25, of 180 Folsom Glade Road, is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drugs by a jail inmate as well as misdemeanor failure to appear and disorderly conduct.

Selman was arrested Sunday near the intersection of Brown Fox Drive and Brentwood Drive.


All they want is your thanks

They show their physical and mental strength and determination every time they answer a call. To our children and others, they are touchable heroes who are willing to put their lives on the line.

And all they ask in return is a thank you and show of support.

Cedar Bluff Fire Chief Shawn Rogers shared a few words on behalf of first responders during a recent prayer vigil held in Cedar Bluff Town Park.

The event was arranged by Julie Farist, a 2016 graduate of Cedar Bluff High School.

“We are called to love one another and there are so many people who are living by that,” said Farist. “And it is a scary thing to know that our police who are willing to risk their lives for us are not guaranteed protection. But with God on our side we are guaranteed that he will protect us and He will give us a better home.”

“Proverbs 18:10 says ‘The name of the lord is a strong tower. The righteous run to it and Seek God and you will be safe,’” said Farist.

“On behalf of the town of Cedar Bluff and the fire department I want to thank everyone for being here,” said Rogers. “I want to start off by saying that we are thankful for the brave men and women who act as first responders in our community and across the nation. We are grateful for their commitment to serve the greater good. From you comes their great physical and mental determination and strength and our young children strive to be like them whether it be a police officer, a fire fighter an EMT or a rescue worker and they want to follow in their strong footsteps. And I pray for the nation to see our first responders today like our children do as touchable heroes. They are right around the corner ready to help. We give thanks to our first responders because they have pledged to protect us in our time of need. We stand in awe of their ability to remain calm in crisis situations and to act with determination and purpose when faced with violence, fires, accidents, disasters, medical emergencies.”

“I challenge you that if you see a first responder to go up and tell them thank you,” said Rogers. “A simple heartfelt thank you goes a long way this day and time. It may not seem like much to you but it means the world to us to know that we are appreciated. It not only boosts our morale, but it builds up our strength and courage.”

The Rev. Mark Cosby, pastor of Cedar Bluff First Baptist Church, opened the gathering in prayer and reflected on America’s greatness throughout the centuries. He stressed that America’s problem today is not racial nor political but spiritual.

“Alexis de Tocqueville (Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville) was a 19th Century French statesman, social philosopher, and in the 1830s he wanted to make a trip to America because he wanted to see why America was so great,” noted Rev. Cosby. “They were relatively a new nation. He wrote a two-volume work called Democracy in America and one of the most famous quotes in that work, many of you may be familiar with it, is where he says that America is great because America is good. And if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great. And one of the things that impressed him so much were the pulpits in America and how the pulpits were preaching righteousness and how the people were responding to the message that was being brought from the pulpits.”

“When he looked at America, he saw the Christian principles that she was founded upon and how that was in operation in every steer of life,” said Rev. Cosby. “As we go through the 1830s to 2016, we ask the question what happened? What has happened since then?”

“As a nation, unfortunately, we have regressed from where we once were,” said Rev. Cosby. “And as I said in a sermon a couple of weeks ago, the Examiner did a report in September of 2013 and in that report they did a study of the effects of the Supreme Court’s decision in 1962 to remove public prayer from the public school system and their findings were quite shocking. You can go on and they gave statistics on how we have declined a nation. Illegal drug activity has spiked, sexual immorality spiked, teenage pregnancy, teenage suicides, incarcerated all of these things increased ever since that ruling came down and as I began to think about that, some of the truths that I think we need to remember is that government is a God-ordained institution. Therefore it should be regulated by the commandments of God.”

“The purpose of our government is to protect and to serve us and at this time I want to respectively ask if all of our first reponders, policemen, firemen, EMT workers if you would all stand because we want to recognize you for the service that you provide in our community,” said Rev. Cosby.

“I want you not only to thank them, but we need to continue to pray for them each and every day for the work they do because they put their lives on the line so that you and I can have a quality of life so you and I can live with the freedoms we have and the protection that we have,” said Rev. Cosby.

“Another thing we need to remember is this,” said Rev. Cosby. “Even though there is a separation of church and state, there is not a separation of God and state. We need to remember how God has truly blessed our nation. The Bible says Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. And we are such a blessed people even with all of the struggles that we are going through as a nation we are still a very blessed nation and we need to remember that and to thank God for all He has done for us.”

“And we also need to remember that God will hold all of us accountable,” said Rev. Cosby. “He will hold all of our government leaders accountable for the choices they make, for the decisions they make, for the votes that they cast, and He will hold us accountable for how we respond to government authority. We never need to forget that His eye is always watching and as the omnipresent God.”

“He will hold all of us accountable and as I began to think about that, I realized what Franklin Graham said was true,” said Rev. Cosby. “He is the son of evangelist Billy Graham. He has gone on several shows and he has said this that I have treasured, it is a quote I believe in and I stand for Franklin Graham when he said this. He said ‘My hope is not in the Democratic Party, my hope is not in the Republican Party, my hope is in God and if we as a nation are going to get back to where we need to be, then our hope has to be in God and in our Lord Jesus Christ.’”

“I want to thank all of you for coming and I want to thank Tammy for helping me put this together,” said Farist. “Brother Mark and everyone who came out. I just thank you so much I just want to pray that this world gets better. I just want thank each and every one, oru police and firemen, everyone who helps and risks their lives for us.”

Coosa senior selected to Army All-American Marching Band

Keiley Rowland, a senior at Coosa High School, has been selected as a member of the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Rowland will perform with the band’s color guard. She will join with select band performers from across the country to perform at halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl football game in January at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The National Association of Music Educators selected 125 musicians and band performers to participate in the event.

Students singled out for this honor represent the best of high school marching band members in the country. Rowland and others tabbed to participate were selected from hundreds of qualified applicants for their outstanding performance ability, marching skill, attention to detail, ability to follow directions and maturity.

“We are proud to work with All-American Games, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Army Field Band on this program,” wrote Jane Mell Balek, executive director of the National Association of Music Educators, in her letter informing Coosa of Rowland’s selection. “It has truly become one of the most prestigious and competitive programs in the United States.”

The 2017 edition of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band will be the 10th year of the program. Selection to perform in the band covers all expenses of students for their trip to San Antonio. Since 2008, nearly 1000 high school seniors have taken part in the All-American Marching Band.

Rowland is also a top academic student at Coosa High as she was recently recognized as an AP Scholar by the College Board. An AP Scholar has earned grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.


County Commissioners expected to approve several contracts Tuesday

The Floyd County Commission is expected to approve on Tuesday a proposal to add new playground equipment at three county parks.

The board is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the County Administration Building, 12 E. Fourth Ave.

Playground makeovers are planned at Cave Spring, Garden Lakes and Lock & Dam parks.

The Cave Spring project will cost $75,000, County Manager Jamie McCord said, while Garden Lakes park equipment will cost $110,000 and Lock & Dam will cost $113,000.

Commissioners also will again consider a contract with Safari Hospitality to manage The Forum.

Under the current proposal, the Atlanta-based marketing firm would take over on Aug. 1 and have a 20-month contract, through Nov. 1, 2017.

Commissioner Scotty Hancock, during the agenda-setting session Thursday, asked McCord to prepare a report on what the county is spending on The Forum now and what type of savings it can expect under Safari Hospitality’s management.

The commissioners will also have the chance to approve a contract with Plumbing Surgeon, Inc., to make sewer improvements at the jail.

McCord said Thursday the contract price would not exceed $276,100.

He said the money could be pulled from 2013 special purpose, local option tax funds, from the jail fund or from general funds.

Commissioners also are slated to announce that the county’s Fulton well project was named environmental project of the year by the American Public Works Association.


Martha Ann Pritchett Hobbs

Mrs. Martha Ann “Nanny” Pritchett Hobbs, age 81, of Centre, Alabama, formerly of Rome, Ga., passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016, in a Centre healthcare facility.

Mrs. Hobbs was born on October 3, 1934 in Cherokee County, Alabama. She was the daughter of the late Howard Lee Pritchett, Sr. and Ruth Farley Pritchett. She was a member of the Sherwood Forrest Baptist Church in Rome and retired from Klopman Mills. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles E. Hobbs, Sr., sons Charles E. Hobbs, Jr., Jimmy Davis, and Carlton Davis, brothers Jackie Pritchett, Howard Pritchett, Jr., and Joseph “Buddy” Pritchett, and sister Betty Ford.

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Survivors include: daughters Charlayne (Bobby Don) Rogers, Rome; Cynthia Banks, Shannon; grandchildren, Bradley (Heather) Rogers, Anna Rogers, Amanda (Jake) Lee, Jim Davis, Tiffany (Mark) Johnson, Christie (Michael) Mitchell, Misty (Jeff) Jackson, Michelle (Steven) Forsyth, eight great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren. Niece and nephews also survived.

Graveside and internment services will be held at 2:30 p.m. (GA time) Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at Pleasant Valley No. 2 Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Jerry Patton and Lynn Hughston officiating. The family will receive from 12 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home 2750 Shorter Avenue Rome, Ga., 30165.

Pallbearers include: Jake Lee, Roy Latty, Dee Miller, Kenny Farley, Gerald Farley, Stanley Rogers, Tim Ford, Shawn Rogers, and Trey Rogers.

Honorary pallbearers: Gunnar & Tanner Rogers and Cherokee EMS.

In lieu of flowers, make memorials to Alzheimer’s Association 225 N. Michigan Ave. Fl. 17 Chicago, IL 60601.

The family would like to express a very special thanks to the Cherokee County Health and Rehab Center and Alzheimer’s unit for their special care.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home of Rome, Ga., has charge of arrangements.

Things to do in Cherokee County Monday, July 24

Centre Rotary Club meets at noon on the second floor of the First Southern State Bank Building.

The Party Bridge match is played at Centre First United Methodist Church. Call 256-927-7754 for more information.

The Cherokee County Commission meets at 5 p.m. in the Cherokee County Administration Building. The work session begins at 4 p.m.

The Farmers Market will be held in Centre City Park from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. All vendors are invited to participate.

Visit the beautiful Rock Village, home of some of the best hiking and rock climbing throughout the world. Enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery. Go to the intersection of U.S. Highway, to the intersection of County Road 36 and County Road 70, turn left and follow 411 and Highway 68 in Leesburg, turn right, turn left on Cherokee County 36 the signs.