Adairsville’s thin blue line gets a little thicker
by Neil McGahee
May 10, 2013 | 1212 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After reading a proclamation declaring May 15 National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day and the week of May 12-18 National Police Week, Adairsville Mayor Evan King welcomed his city’s police force to the monthly city council meeting with a cop’s kryptonite — donuts. Hot, gooey, sumptuous donuts. The thin blue line was suddenly not so thin.

While reading the proclamation, King noted that of the 127 officers who died in the line of duty in 2012, eight were from Georgia.

King also recognized the enormous assistance provided by neighboring agencies during the January 2013 F-3 tornado that rocked Adairsville.

“Police departments from Cartersville, Calhoun, Emerson, Kingston and Euharlee; sheriff’s deputies from Bartow, Dade, Floyd, Walker, Carroll, Cobb, Chattooga, Paulding and Pickens countys; the Georgia State Patrol; Georgia Department of Natural Resources; Georgia Department of Public Safety; the Georgia Bureau of Investigation; Georgia State Probation; and the Floyd Posse came to our aid on that terrible day,” King said.

While storm damaged items were being replaced, resident Gloria Curtis suggested that rather than replace the streetlights in areas desired by property owners, the city police should recommend placing them in areas that would be most effective at dissuading crime.

Just as he did Tuesday night in Euharlee, Quacky the Duck opened the meeting promoting the 12th annual Duck Derby with proceeds helping to support Advocates for Children, a nonprofit organization serving more than 2,600 children and families in Bartow and northwest Georgia counties.

In other business, the council:

• approved a request to rezone 4.62 acres on Cherry Street from R-1 to C-1.

• extended Sharon Southerland’s contract to chair the Downtown Development Authority through 2014.

• approved hiring a construction management company to handle the demolition of the Collins Mountain water tank.

• authorized Adairsville police to auction a 1995 Isuzu Rodeo and 2007 Nissan Sentra.