The baseball field at Bremen Middle School and Bremen 4th and 5th Grade Academy was a sea of blue and white Wednesday afternoon as children, teachers, school officials, city officials and Georgia’s First Lady, Sandra Deal, took time to celebrate Bremen City Schools scoring higher than any other public school system in the state on the Georgia Board of Education’s new evaluation system known as the College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI), which replaced Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) last year.
The Tallapoosa City Council finalized changes to the motor vehicle ordinance that allows residents to drive golf carts and other alternative terrain vehicles on city surface streets.
This year, Tallapoosa downtown businesses will have the opportunity to take advantage of a larger Façade Grant thanks to some changes made by Tallapoosa Cornerstone, Inc., a local 502(c)3 created in 2001 in an effort to revitalize the city’s downtown business district.
Federal, state and municipal budgets are often compared to household budgets; the kind of financial plan every family has. But that comparison is apt only if a household is required by law to do certain things, such as hire employees and give them benefits, or get most of its money only once a year – and usually not all the cash that was expected.
After several months of discussion, data collection and public input, the Haralson County Board of Education has decided to keep its transportation operations in-house.
Voters in Haralson and Polk counties will have an opportunity in May to do something they have not been able to do in nearly 30 years: elect a new Superior Court judge.
An old building recently made over opened as a brand new venue on Saturday, April 5, for the benefit of hometown artisans who want to display and sell their creations, according to the volunteer heading up the enterprise.
After more than a year of planning, the Haralson County Chamber of Commerce can boast the completion of the Haralson County Local Scenic Byway project.
The Haralson County Board of Commissioners had a slew of proclamations on their consent agenda during their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 1, showing support for multiple organizations and touting the deeds of local E-911 dispatchers.
Next weekend marks the 29th annual Tallapoosa Dogwood Arts and Crafts Fair as the area ushers in spring with a slew of vendors down Head Avenue and a line of parade floats winding their way around town.
A landmark Tallapoosa restaurant has turned off the stoves and locked the doors for the last time, leaving diners in limbo as to its future management and where to eat dinner next Sunday.
Haralson County citizens and employees will have an opportunity to air their concerns and to speak their minds about the county budget during a series of town hall meetings scheduled throughout April.
Haralson County commissioners met on March 27 in a special called meeting to address a single topic: reducing the waiting period for new county employees to be covered under the county health insurance plans.
A local robotics team has conquered new territory this year. Ten fifth-grade students from West Haralson Elementary School, known as the Rebel Robotics Team, designed an award-winning robotics project that will compete with projects across the nation for the winner of the National Innovative Solution Award.
The cities of Bremen and Tallapoosa have drafted an new Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) proposal and presented it to the county in the form of a letter with hopes the government entities can reach an agreement on a SPLOST referendum in time to place it on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Reaction from an estimated crowd of 100 at Tallapoosa’s Helton-Howland Memorial Park last Tuesday ranged from wildly enthusiastic to inquisitive during a rally by the Concerned Veterans for America (CVA), whose national leader pumped a heavy dose of patriotism into veterans, governmental officials and involved citizens.
On Monday, March 24, Haralson County Sheriff’s Office officers were dispatched to 1053 Bethlehem Church Rd. in Buchanan in response to a shooting.
The driver of the pickup truck in last Thursday’s head-on collision with a Haralson County school bus remained in critical condition Monday at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, according to Trooper Doug Shambling of the Rome State Patrol Post. The accident involved 39 student passengers and the bus driver, none of whom were reported injured.
The mother of an 8-month-old girl who died of an opiate poisoning was sentenced last week to 20 years in prison to serve a minimum of 10 years after her baby, Marnee Kay Downey, died on Oct. 10, 2012.
The Buchanan City Council moved forward on plans to upgrade the city park and use signs to persuade passing motorists to explore the city, while also approving funds to replace city hall telephones, during their regular meeting on March 13.
The Friends of the Buchanan-Haralson Library are gearing up for their annual meeting, and they plan to have a special guest share his new book with the public as part of the program.
Two combat veterans from Tallapoosa plan to testify before a congressional committee soon on behalf of the VA Management Accountability Act of 2014, which would hold higher-ups in the Veterans Administration accountable for delivering improved services to veterans, according to Brenda Robinson, Haralson County liaison for the Concerned Veterans for America (CVA).
These days, a lot of clout is given to standardized tests, how well they measure student performance, and how school systems have been struggling with new rigorous assessments. However, not much talk is made about one underlying (and mostly avoidable) cause for poor student achievement that, according to the Georgia Department of Education, has a huge impact on test scores and graduation rates: attendance.
When Tim Keesee came to Bremen’s Honda Lock as vice president, he said he improved communication, “which was the biggest thing I did to help stabilize the plant.”
Two members of the Haralson County Board of Commissioners will be challenged for their seats during the upcoming May 20 primary election, while one incumbent on the county Board of Education will also face opposition.
The Haralson County Board of Education’s combination work and regular meeting got off to an unusually loud and uproarious start Tuesday when two audience members were escorted out of the meeting within the first 10 minutes after making loud comments during the proceedings.
Haralson County Commissioners hired a new agency to provide liability insurance coverage for the county and signed up a Bremen-based company to oversee its information technology systems at their regular monthly meeting of March 4.
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all stakeholders, including the federal government, state governments, insurers, employers and individuals, are given shared responsibility to improve the availability, quality and affordability of health insurance coverage in the United States.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation of Georgia and the Kendall Law Group, cooperating attorneys for the ACLU of Georgia, have filed a lawsuit against the Haralson County School System and Haralson County Schools Superintendent Brett Stanton to challenge the termination of former Haralson County Schools bus driver Johnny Cook.
One of the most basic issues of childhood literacy is the availability of books in the home so that parents can read to their children, and to help address this issue the citizens of Haralson County have an upcoming opportunity to raise money to help distribute free books to preschool children in the area.
A new bill that adds new chemicals to the list of substances classified as synthetic marijuana passed the state’s House, but an advocate against the drug is calling the proposed law a “paper tiger.”
Last week, Haralson County Animal Control positively identified a rabid raccoon in the county outside of Bremen.
The long-vacant West Georgia Boot Camp can be converted into a “fully functioning jail” for $3.5 million, according to a proposal made this week before the Haralson County Board of Commissioners.
Last week’s winter weather storm was gone as quickly as it came, with all traces of snow and ice virtually gone by noon on Thursday. Only trace amounts remained in shady areas as things returned to normal, although roads did have some ice on them Thursday morning and a few patches of black ice remained on wet roads Friday morning after melting snow and ice refroze in some areas.
It seems the Haralson County government and the government of the four cities in Haralson County have come to an agreement when it comes to how taxes will be levied against city and county residents and what services they will pay for.
The issue of whether Haralson County schools should return to a five-day week dominated the discussion at a Board of Education retreat Feb. 7 and 8, as a representative for the county high school stood alone against the system’s other schools as being in favor of returning the school calendar to 180 days of instruction.
The Tallapoosa City Council held a first reading for motor vehicle ordinance and changed the name of a street during their regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 10.
During the Haralson County Board of Education, the board talked about the possibility of moving to a five-day school week, received a visit from Dan Weber and Pam Tallmage of the Charter System Foundation and heard updates from department heads.
Haralson County commissioners rejected a proposal — offered by one of its own members — to reform their method of convening special called meetings during a regularly scheduled session that was dominated by issues not on the official agenda.
The City of Waco approved a finalized version of their malt beverage and wine sale ordinance and approved the budget for Fiscal Year 2015 during their regular meeting Monday, Feb. 3.
Haralson County Schools released this announcement today:
Haralson County commissioners rejected a proposal – offered by one of its own members – to reform their method of convening special called meetings during a regularly scheduled session that was dominated by issues not on the official agenda.
Editor’s Note: The following article is one in a series about the recently enacted Affordable Health Care Law, commonly known as ObamaCare. The Journal has asked residents to send in their questions about the law. Some of those are answered below.
A major milestone has been achieved, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services. According to the department’s website, “As of Jan. 24, over 3 million Americans have enrolled in private health plans through the State and Federal marketplaces.”
Affordable Care Act (ACA) service provider Marcy Heath from Sanders Associates Insurance in Tallapoosa, Ga., echoed the department’s achievement saying, “Here in Haralson County, enrollments have been wide open, and I don’t foresee that changing in the next two months.”
Heath and business associate Crystal Davis are two of the only certified Affordable Care Act service providers in Haralson County.
“People are extremely concerned about making sure they have coverage before the enrollment deadline of March 31.”
Last week, the Newspapers of West Georgia received some questions from a concerned citizen regarding the Affordable Care Act. Heath provided answers to these questions.
Q.: Are other insurance companies, such as Humana, United Healthcare, etc., opting out of the federal marketplace locally, as Blue Cross/Blue Shield has done with Tanner
A.: The only carriers that made application and were approved to participate in the Federal Marketplace in the state of Georgia were Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGA), Alliant Health Plans, Humana and Kaiser.
Humana maintained their National Preferred Network. Kaiser expanded a little and now has a few physicians in the West Georgia area. BCBSGA went in the opposite direction with the new health maintenance organization (HMO) network, being very selective about whom they are allowing in their network. Alliant Health Plans has a very strong network in the West Georgia area with Tanner facilities and physicians. If you purchase plans outside of the Marketplace, you may still have access to United Healthcare, Aetna, Coventry, Assurant and other carriers who did not wish to participate in the Federal Marketplace. As of now, the networks for those carriers have not changed.
Q.: Insurance companies have to meet 10 requirements now, including not refusing coverage due to pre-existing conditions, covering children until they are 26, etc., but what are those other requirements?
A.: These requirements are referred to as the Health Reform Mandates and include requiring most U.S. citizens to have health insurance, no pre-existing condition rejections, allowing children to be insured on their parents’ plan up to age 26, and no annual or lifetime caps on benefits. “Essential Health Benefits” (EHB) must be covered and available on all plans – regardless of where you purchase.
EHB must include items and services within at least the following 10 categories:
• Ambulatory patient services
• Emergency services
• Maternity and newborn care
• Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment
• Prescription drugs
• Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices
• Laboratory services
• Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
• Pediatric services, including oral and vision care
“Medical–Loss Ratios” have been tightened, ensuring that 80 percent of premiums are spent on customers’ medical claims and activities that improve the quality of care. Restrictions have been made on premium discrimination in an attempt to stabilize rate variances. These requirements represent a major step in the commoditization of health insurance, meaning that the ACA is helping health insurance become a product where one brand has no features that differentiate it from other brands, and consumers buy on price alone.
If you have a questions regarding healthcare reform, please send your questions to the Tallapoosa Journal, c/o Editor Amy Lavender, 901 Hays Mill Rd., Carrollton, Ga., or firstname.lastname@example.org.
While some Georgia residents have harrowing tales from last week’s winter storm after spending hours on various interstates and state roads, most motorists who were on Haralson County state roads can boast a better experience.
This year, the Bremen Police Department celebrated 30 years of the “Shop with a Cop” Christmas giving program.
The Haralson County Chamber of Commerce celebrated 25 years of connecting community businesses during their 25th Annual Meeting on Saturday at Mill Town Music Hall.
The Haralson County Board of Commissioners held their monthly work session last Wednesday, Jan. 22, and less than 24 hours later were back at the county seat on Friday, Jan. 24, for a special called meeting to discuss an additional item.
Haralso County’s three local libraries and their supporters have many programs and events for the public coming up at the end of January and throughout the month of February. In addition, they all have exciting plans for the spring and summer months.