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State lawmakers for Rockdale, Newton Listed here are state representatives in the General Assembly for Rockdale and Newton counties. GEORGIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY State Senate District 17: Rick Jeffares (R-Locust Grove) Capitol Address: 302-A Legislative Office Building, Atlanta, Ga. 30304 Capitol Phone: 404-656-0503 District Phone: 678-432-7676 E-Mail Address: District includes: parts of Putnam, Jasper, Newton, Rockdale, Walton, Henry, Fayette, Spalding, Butts counties Rockdale County Precincts: Barksdale, Honey Creek, part of St. Pius, Stanton and Magnet Newton County Precincts: Gum Creek, Almon, Beaver Dam, Stansells, Downs, Rocky Plains, Brewers, Leguinn, Newborn and Mansfield State Senate District 43: Ronald Ramsey (D-Lithonia) Capitol Address: 320-B Coverdell Legislative Office Building, Atlanta, Ga. 30334 Capitol Phone: (404) 463-2598 District Phone: (404) 281-9948 E-Mail Address: District includes: parts of Rockdale and DeKalb Rockdale County Precincts: Lorraine, Smyrna, Rockdale, Conyers, Lakes, Sheffield, Hightower, Milstead, Olde Town, Flat Shoals, Fieldstone and part of St. Pius

State House District 92: Pam S. Stephenson (D-Lithonia) Capital Address: 411-G Legislature Office Building, Atlanta, Ga. 30334 Capitol Phone: 404-656-0126 District Phone: 404-243-0200 E-Mail Address: District includes: parts of Rockdale, DeKalb and Henry Rockdale County Precincts: Lorraine, Smyrna, Barksdale State House District 93: Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D-Lithonia) Capital Address: Coverdell Legislative Office Building, Atlanta, Ga. 30334 Capitol Phone: 404-656-0287 District Phone: 770-987-1491 E-Mail Address: District includes: Rockdale and DeKalb Rockdale County Precincts: Magnet, Honey Creek, Stanton, St. Pius, Flat Shoals, Fieldstone, Milstead, Sheffield, Hightower, part Olde Town State House District 94: Dar’shun Kendrick (D-Lithonia) Capitol Address: Georgia Capital, Atlanta, Ga. 30334 Capitol Phone: n/a District Phone: 678-739-8109 E-Mail Address: District includes: parts of Rockdale and DeKalb Rockdale County Precincts: The Lakes, Conyers, part Hightower, part Olde Town, Rockdale State House District 95: Pam Dickerson, D-Conyers Address: PO Box 1016, Conyers, GA 30013 Phone: Home: 770-602-0085; Cell: 678-480-8924 E-mail: State House District 110: Andy Welch, R-Locust Grove Office Address: 508 Coverdell Office Building, Atlanta, GA 30334 Office Phone: 404-656-0213 E-mail: State House District 112: Doug Holt (R-Social Circle) Office address: 401 Coverdell Legislative Office Building, Atlanta, GA 30334 Office Phone: 404.656.0152 Personal number: Home: 770-786-3005 E-mail:

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Rockdale provides wide variety of services Rockdale County is governed by three commissioners, elected by all the county’s registered voters: one full-time chairman and two part-time, at-large members. The Board of Commissioners office is located at 962 Milstead Ave. Public work sessions are held at 10 a.m. every first and third Tuesday. On the first Tuesday of each month, the commissioners hold a work session at 6 p.m., in the community room of the J.P. Carr Administration Building, 981 Taylor St. The commissioners also hold a work session in the public meeting room at 901 Main St. on the third Tuesday of each month. Regular public meetings are held at 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 901 Main St. • Chairman Richard Oden (term expires in 2012) Phone: 770-278-4001 e-mail: • Post 1 Commissioner Oz Nesbitt, Sr. (term expires in 2012) Phone: 770-278-7011 e-mail: • Post 2 Commissioner JaNice Van Ness (term expires in 2014) Phone: 770-278-7008 e-mail: County Departments Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Web sites for each department are available at E-mail addresses for county employees and officials follow this pattern: (first name).(last name), for example • Board of Assessors (Director Lamar Sims): 770-278-7676;

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office at 981 Milstead Ave. • Board of Commissioners (Chairman Richard Oden, Chief of Staff Gregory Pridgeon): 770-278-7001; office at 962 Milstead Ave. • Department of Community Relations (Director Erica Fatima) 770-278-7056; office at 958 Milstead Ave. • Cooperative Extension Service (Coordinator Jule-Lynne Macie): 770-278-7373; office at 1400 Parker Road, Lobby A • Board of Elections and Voter Registration (Supervisor Cynthia Welch): 770-278-7333; office at 1400 Parker Road, Lobby C • Department of Fire and Rescue (Chief Cedric Scott) 770-2788401; headquarters at 1496 Rockbridge Road. • Emergency 911 Communications; Administration: 770-2788400, Dispatch (non emergency): 770-483-4200 • Animal Care and Control: 770-278-8403; office at 1506 Rockbridge Road. • Department of Finance (Director Roselyn Miller): 770-2787555; office at 958 Milstead Ave. • Department of Planning and Development; 770-278-7100 office at 958 Milstead Ave. • Zoning and Permits Office; 770-278-7100 office at 958 Milstead Ave. • Capital and Community Improvements (General Manager Andrew Hammer): 770-278-7100 office at 958 Milstead Ave. • Code Enforcement; 770-278-7100 office at 958 Milstead Ave.; Email: • Erosion and Sediment Control (Warren Kelly, NPDES Inspector) 770-278-7100 office at 958 Milstead Ave. • Forestry (Jeffrey Tyler, county forester) 770-278-7100 office at 958 Milstead Ave. • Sheriff’s Office (Sheriff Jeff Wigington): 770-278-8001; office at 911 Chambers Drive • Stormwater Management Division (Daniel “Dan” Rothwell, manager) 770-278-7100 office at 958 Milstead Ave. • Tax Commissioner (Commissioner Dan Ray): 770-278-7600; office at 969 Pine St. • Department of Transportation (Interim Director Miguel Valentin): 770-278-7100; office at 2570 Old Covington Highway, N.W. • Department of Recreation and Maintenance (Director David Smith): 770-278-7200; office at 2570 Old Covington Highway • Parks, Recreation and Senior Services (Deputy Director Jackie Lunsford): 770-278-7230; office at Olivia Haydel Senior Center, 1240 Dogwood Drive. • Public Works (Deputy Director Sue Roberts): 770-278-7200; office at 2570 Old Covington Highway • Recycling Center; 770-785-6883; 1200 Sigman Road • Water Resources (Director Dwight Wicks): 770-278-7450; office at 958 Milstead Ave.







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Conyers governed by mayor, council The city of Conyers is governed by a mayor and five-member City Council who are elected to four-year terms. The city is managed by an appointed city manager. Conyers Conyers Mayor City Hall, Randy Mills 1184 Scott St., 770-483-4411. Conyers Welcome Center, located in the Olde Town Railroad Depot at 901 Railroad Street, 770-602-2606. The city web site can be accessed at Departments: City Manager Tony Lucas, 770-9294226, e-mail: Chief of Police: Gene Wilson, 770-

929-4201, e-mail: Chief Financial Officer, Isabel Rogers, 770-785-5042, e-mail: Director of Public Relations, Jennifer Edwards, 770-929-4299, e-mail: jennifer. Director of Public Works and Transportation, Brad Sutton, 770-785-5042, e-mail: Director of Planning and Inspection Services, Marvin Flanigan, 770-9294281, e-mail: Director of the Georgia International Horse Park, Jennifer Bexley, 770-8604199, e-mail: Tourism Manager for the Convention and Tourism Bureau, Harriet Gattis, 770929-4270, e-mail: City operated security service: Conyers Security Alert, 770-929-4294.

Mayor and City Council: All elected officials may be reached through City Hall via e-mail to the city public relations office. Mayor Randy Mills, 770-483-3288. City Manager Councilman Tony Lucas Martin Jones, 770-929-8654. Councilman Cleveland Stroud, 770483-4647. Councilman Chris Bowen, 770-4833456. Councilman Vince Evans, 770-4837211. Councilman Gerald Hinesley, 770929-1987.

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Conyers, Rockdale provide public safety services The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office provides law enforcement to all of unincorporated Rockdale County and operates the Rockdale County Jail, a 692bed facility. The jail and RCSO administration offices are located at 911 Chambers Drive, less than a mile north of Interstate 20 off Sigman Road. Rockdale County Sheriff Jeff Wigington is serving his fourth term as sheriff. A former chief deputy, Wigington has more than 30 years experience in law enforcement. He can be reached at 770-278-8001, or by e-mail at jeff. Rockdale Sheriff Jeff Wigington More information on jail operations and law enforcement services provided by the Sheriff’s Office can be found on the Web, at • Community Policing: The RCSO maintains three precincts in the county. These facilities are not manned 24 hours a day, but you may request a deputy to meet at a precinct by calling the Community Policing office at 770-278-800. The Irwin Bridge precinct is located at 1258 Irwin Bridge Road. The Lakeview precinct is located at 2503 Lake Rockaway Road. The South Side precinct is located at 3582 Ga. Highway 20 South. • The Citizens Sheriff’s Academy Alumni Association: The CSAAA began in 2000 and supports the Sheriff’s Office by volunteering their time to assist in the needs of the department and the


community. If you are interested in becoming a part of the CSAAA, you must be a graduate of the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Sheriff’s Academy. You can contact Sgt. Jodi Shupe at the Sheriff’s Office to obtain an application. • The Explorer Program: The RCSO sponsors an Explorers program through the Boy Scouts of America. This program is open to young people between the ages of 14 and 20. Members learn about the field of law enforcement and what career opportunities are available. • School Resource Officers: The RCSO places School Resource Officers, or SROs, in all the middle and high schools in the county. • G.R.E.A.T.: The Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program is a school-based, life skills competency program that is taught by uniformed police officers. Conyers Police Department The city of Conyers Police Department is made up of 50 sworn officers who watch over the homes and businesses within the city limits. Gene Wilson has served as Conyers Police chief since April 2010. Before that, he was the city’s public safety director. Capt. Scott Freeman and Capt. Mike Waters both serve as the second in command at the Police Department. Conyers Police headquarters is located adjacent to City Hall at 1194 Scott St. Conyers Police can be contacted by phone at 770-483-6600 or by fax at 770Conyers Police Chief 785-5041. Gene Wilson The Conyers Police administrative office, where accident reports and incident reports are issued, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. This office is closed on all major holidays. Conyers Police also provides background checks for prospective employees for $10 per request. More information on Conyers Police services, including viewing incident reports and paying fines online, can be found on the Web, at The police information can be found by clicking on the ‘Living In Conyers’ link at the top of the home page. • The Explorers Program: The Conyers Police Department sponsors an Explorers program through the Boy Scouts of America. This program is open to young people between the ages of 14 and 20. A Junior Explorers program has also been developed exclusively for ages 11-13. • CPD Citizens Police Academy: The CPD Citizen Police Academy is open to adults ages 18 and above. A special Senior Citizens Police Academy is also hosted by the city of Conyers Police Department at the Olivia Haydel Senior Center. Citizens and representatives from the Conyers Police Department come together for an eight-week series of classes. In each threehour session, students learn about the work of police officers and participate in a number of hands-on activities. Call the Help Desk or call 770-929-4201. • Personalized Crime Prevention Programs: The CPD can help residents establish a Neighborhood Watch to help in the detection and prevention of crime. The Business Watch program is geared toward businesses located in close proximity to one another.


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Fire Department, 911 there in an emergency Rockdale County Fire and Rescue Department The Rockdale County and the city of Conyers’ Fire departments combined as one department in 1990. Rockdale County Fire and Rescue Department serves the city and county on an equal basis. The Fire and Rescue Department strives to provide services to the citizens through fire suppression, hazard control, fire prevention, public education, and emergency medical services. The nine County fire stations are staffed with over 100 personnel using nine engines, two ladder trucks, and a rescue/squad. The department also provides new construction plan review, code enforcement, inspections and investigations. Cedric Scott was named Rockdale County fire chief in 2009. He previously served as chief at the city of Waycross and College Park. The Fire and Rescue Department headquarters, which includes the chief’s office, administration, fire inspections, and fire safety education, is located at 1496 Rockbridge Road, N.W. Offices are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The fire department headquarters can be reached at 770-278-8401. All stations provide blood pressure checks. Stations 2, 3, 4, and 5 provide limited Nancy Guinn Memorial Library services and serve as book drop-off points. All stations are also staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. • Station 1, 1831 Conyers Station Road. Apparatus: Engine, Aerial Platform, Reserve Ladder. • Station 2, 4089 Troupe Smith Road, S.W. Apparatus: Engine, Ambulance. • Station 3, 2450 Old Salem Road, S.E. Apparatus: Engine, Water Rescue/Dive Team Equipment. • Station 4, 3601 Union Church Road, S.W. Apparatus: Engine. • Station 5, 2100 Hightower Trail, N.W. Apparatus: Engine, Brush Truck.

• Station 6, 2681 Hurst Road. Apparatus: Engine, Brush Truck. • Station 7, 1496 Rockbridge Road, N.W. Apparatus: Engine, HazMat Response Truck, Air Truck. • Station 8, 1164 Scott Street, S.E. Apparatus: Engine, Rescue Squad, HazMat Response Truck. • Station 9, 2009 Walker Road Apparatus: Engine Emergency Communications/911 • Rockdale County: The Rockdale County Department of Communications handles the 911 operation services for Rockdale County. The Rockdale 911 operations dispatches all emergency calls for fire, sheriff and ambulance (EMS) services. It also handles all internal communication needs for the county offices and employees, such as radios, pagers, and telephones. The county communications office is open 24 hours per day, every day of the year. For non-emergency and administrative calls the communications office can be reached at 770-278-8400, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All emergency calls should be made by dialing 911. • City of Conyers: Conyers operates its own 911 call center that coordinates emergency calls with the city police and county fire department and Sheriff’s Office. The Conyers 911 Center also monitors the Conyers Security Alert, the only municipally owned and operated security system in Georgia. Conyers Security Alert has been recognized by Underwriters Laboratory. All operators as located in the Conyers Police Department, and police officials offer quick response to alarm calls. For more information about Conyers Security Alert, call 770-9294294.

Find the right service connection in Rockdale ELECTRICITY • Georgia Power Call 1-888-660-5890 for customer service and to set up new service. • Snapping Shoals EMC Call 770-786-3484 for new service. Payments may be made through the mail, by calling 678-729-8080, or online at www. • Walton EMC Call 770-972-2917 for new service. Walton EMC serves part of the county, so they will conduct an address search. GARBAGE PICK-UP • City of Conyers The city offers a collection service to residents of the city. Call 770-483-4411 to set up service. • Rockdale County There is no county-wide garbage pick-up. A list of removal services is available in the local phone directory. GAS SERVICE Gas service has been deregulated, so there are a number of vendors who provide service to the area, such as Atlanta Gas Light Company, SCANA and Georgia Natural Gas. Refer to the local phone directory for a list. 10 • Sunday, January 30, 2011 • Answer Book • The Citizen

TELEPHONE • AT&T For information concerning bills or new service, call the AT&T residential sales and service center at 1-800-205-6268. For repair service, call 1-800-288-2747. Online at Note: Other companies may offer phone service in your area. See your local phone directory. CABLE/SATELLITE • Comcast Call 404-COMCAST (266-2278) for new service or visit www. • Directv Call 1-888-777-2454 for new service or visit • Dish Network Call 1-888-825-2557 for new service or visit www.dishnetwork. com INTERNET • AT&T For DSL Internet service, call 1-888-333-6651 • Comcast For high-speed cable Internet, call 1-800-COMCAST (1-800266-2278) for new service or visit

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Rockdale Medical Center, a unit of LifePoint Hospitals Inc., provides a wide variety of services to meet the health care needs of Rockdale County and beyond. Among the services offered are day surgery, home health care, diabetes education, and cardiovascular treatments. The Women's Resource Center provides classes, breast cancer screenings and bone density testing.

Rockdale Medical meets health care needs Rockdale Medical Center is the primary health care facility for Rockdale County. The 138-bed hospital is supported by a growing medical staff of more than 300 physicians who represent 35 medical specialties. The hospital is located at 1412 Milstead Ave. in Conyers. For more information, call 770-918-3000, or go to Services include: • Women’s Services, 770-918-3707: The Women’s Resource Center at RMC offers classes, breast cancer screenings, bone density and ultrasound equipment and support groups to address the changing health needs of women. • The Birth Place, 770-918-3677: The Birth Place consists of 18 labor-delivery-recovery-postpartum rooms. The Level II neonatal intensive care nursery (NICU) is the only one of its kind in Rockdale and Newton counties and is specially designed and equipped to care for newborns as young as 28 weeks of gestational age and babies needing specialized treatments. • Outpatient Diagnostic Center, 770-918-3720: The center accommodates advanced technology, including CT, Non-invasive Vascular, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, PET/CT, Mammograms, MRI, Ultrasound and Special Procedures. • Cardiovascular Services, 770-918-3881: Cardiac care offers diagnostic testing, cardiac catheterization lab and cardiac rehabilitation. The Cardiac Fitness program employs both exercise and education to help patients rehabilitate and regain strength and endurance after a heart event. • Day Surgery Center, 770-918-3595: Surgical procedures include thermoblation therapy to treat benign prostate disease, uterine balloon therapy and enhanced sinus surgery using threedimensional technology. • Emergency Services: Specialized physicians and staff members are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to handle sudden problems related to trauma, heart attacks, shock and accidents. • Rockdale Home Health, 770-918-3960: Home health services 12 • Sunday, January 30, 2011 • Answer Book • The Citizen

are available in Rockdale and Newton counties providing such services as critical care, psychiatric nursing and physical and occupational therapy. • Wound Healing Center, 678-413-7738: Specializes in the treatment of chronic, non-healing wound. The Wound Healing Center is an out-patient, hospital-based program. Each patient receives a customized comprehensive care plan developed in conjunction with our physicians and your primary care physician or specialist. • Diabetes Education Services, 770-918-3881: RMC offers several programs a month, including daytime and evening classes. An individual assessment is conducted prior to attending the program, and follow-up is done at three and twelve months after completion of the class. Individual counseling, a Diabetes Education Refresher Course, and a Carbohydrate Counting Class are also offered. Rockdale Medical Center is a unit of LifePoint Hospitals Inc. of Nashville, Tenn. following a sale of the facility in February 2009. or more information, go to Deborah Armstrong is chief executive officer of Rockdale Medical. Hospital Authority of Rockdale County Prior to 2009, Rockdale Medical Center was operated as a public hospital by the Hospital Authority of Rockdale County. The Hospital Authority received about $35.1 million in proceeds following the sale of Rockdale Medical Center to LifePoint Hospitals. The principle will be restricted, but the authority will be able to use interest earned from investments for grants. The Hospital Authority’s new mission will be to award grants to worthy recipients to promote health in Rockdale County. Ethel Boyle is chairman of the authority; Benny Atkins is vice chairman. Members are: Elizabeth R. Andersen (Beth), Secretary/ Treasurer; Ron Simpson; Allan Jones; Elisa Frey-Jackson; Norma Hendry; Marsha Rose; and Terry Taschwer.

Public health is overseen by local board The Rockdale County Health Center is located in the J.P. Carr Administration Building at 985 Taylor St., off Dogwood Drive behind Senior Services Center. The center is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 770-7855936. The Rockdale County Environmental Health office is located in the county government administration building at 958 Milstead Ave., Ste. 103. The office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 770-278-7340. Also, additional information can be found at the East Metro Health District’s Web site, The health department provides services in three areas, environmental health, epidemiology and adult, physical health services and family health services. The Rockdale County Board of Health oversees the public health services in Rockdale County through the East Metro Health District. The board is made up of representatives from the city and county governments, public school system, an advocate for elderly and needy citizens and a local physician. Members are: • John Fountain, MD, chairman, citizen appointee, city of Conyers • Shiroleen Adams-Hurt, vice chairwoman, citizen appointee, Rockdale County • Allan Jones, needy and elderly community advocate • Richard Oden, Rockdale County representative • Gene Wilson, city of Conyers representative • Samuel T. King, Rockdale County Public Schools representative • Gregory Smith, MD, licensed physician Environmental Health The Environmental Health Division of the Rockdale County Health Department is dedicated to preventing the spread of disease. In Rockdale County, the agency enforces five sets of regulations governing the following area: Food Service Establishments, Land use, Public Swimming Pools and Spas, Tourist Accommodations,

Vector Control, and Public Health Complaints. Epidemiology The Epidemiology Unit of the Rockdale County Health Department tracks over 60 infectious diseases and conditions that can affect residents. These infectious diseases include tuberculosis, STDs, hepatitis, and meningitis. Physical Health Services Rockdale County’s public health clinic offers many physical health services to the working poor as well as the general public. Exceptional preventive care at low prices has made the clinic very attractive to uninsured and underinsured citizens of the county. Also, competitive pricing on International Travel vaccinations, DNA tests, drug tests, and STD tests and treatment appeal to the general public. Below are listed most of the other services that are available. • Immunizations: HIB, Hepatitis B, polio, diphtheria, tetanus & whooping cough (DTP), measles mumps, and rubella (MMR) and chicken pox. Through immunization services children are protected against 9 serious childhood diseases. • Children 1st: Tracking of at-risk babies to age 4 to improve health and development outcomes. • Babies Can’t Wait: Early intervention services for infants and toddlers with developmental delays. • Women, Infants, Children (WIC): A nutrition program that provides supplemental food, physical assessments, and counseling for pregnant, breast feeding women, infants and children. • Children Health Check Exams: Early, periodic, screening, diagnosis and treatment. Includes lab tests; hearing, vision, and dental screenings; nutritional and developmental assessments; and thorough physical exams for infants and children up to age 21. Adult and Family Health Adult programs and services prevent or control epidemics and help women have healthy pregnancies.Special programs address the needs of men and women, senior citizens and high-risk groups.

Rockdale has two Superior Court judges The Rockdale Judicial Circuit encompasses Rockdale County and no other jurisdiction. The circuit operates with two Superior Court judges, one State Court judge, a Juvenile Court judge, Chief Magistrate, Probate Court judge, district attorney and clerk of courts. All are elected to four-year terms. • Chief Superior Court Judge Sidney Nation was elected to the bench in 1992 and is in his fifth term. His office at the Rockdale County Courthouse Judge Sidney Nation may be reached at 770-278-7690. • Superior Court Judge David Irwin was elected to the bench in 1999 and is in his fourth term. His office may be reached at 770-278-7740. • State Court Judge Nancy Bills was elected in 2004 and is in her second term of office. The State Court office may be reached

at 770-278-7720. • Clarence “Rudy” Horne serves as chief magistrate and may be reached at 770-278-7800. • District Attorney Richard Read is in his fourth term; his office may be reached at 770-278-7990. • William Schneider serves as Rockdale County’s Juvenile Court judge, and his office may be reached at 770278-7777. • Probate Court Judge Lillis Brown was elected in 1992; her office may be reached at 770-278-7700. • Clerk of the Court Ruth Wilson was elected in 2008 and may be reached at 770-278-7900.

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Chambers work to enhance local business The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce is a volunteerbased organization that unites businesses and local government in an effort to facilitate the growth and development of the community’s economy. Approximately 800 businesses are members of the Chamber. In regards to its governance, the Chamber is lead by a board of governors, made up of businesses leaders in the community. The Chamber is led by a chair, and then contains a number of committees, which also have chairs. For day-to-day operations the Chamber maintains a small staff headed by Fred Boscarino, president, and Katy Zahradnik, vice president. The Chamber is located at 1186 Scott St. and can be reached at 770-483-4079. In community development the Chamber focuses on strategies that are relevant to its members — the business community. They include: • Leadership Rockdale, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, is a leadership development program that selects diverse and qualified individuals and provides an environment that enhances personal and professional growth to benefit the community. • The Governmental Affairs Committee of the Chamber provides a forum for businesses and federal, state and local elected officials to discuss policies and issues facing businesses in the government arena. The Chamber hosts annual legislative and local government breakfast forums each year. The Chamber is also a partner with Rockdale County and the city of Conyers in the Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council, or CREDC. The purpose of the CREDC is to enhance the economic vitality of the community through the retention and/or

expansion of existing business and attraction of new business. The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in Newton County, with 500 members. As a business membership organization the Chamber works to promote the prosperity in Newton County through being: • the primary economic developer for Newton County, recruiting business and industry. • a spokesperson for the support of educational, governmental and community advancement. • a provider of referrals, exposure and networking opportunities for its members. • the primary source of visitor and newcomer information, providing over 20,000 visitors with informational resources each year. • a unifying body for small and large businesses, local and state government to bring about positive community growth. For day-to-day operations the Chamber has a staff headed by Hunter Hall, president, Ron Carter, membership director, Shannon Davis, economic development director, and Clara Deemer, tourism director. The chamber is located at 2101 Clark St. and can be reached at 770-786-7510. Membership is open to individuals and businesses that maintain a voluntary annual dues investment. (95 percent is tax deductible as a business expense. Benefits of membership include networking opportunities, community involvement, image enhancement, political advocacy, information access, discounts and benefits. The Chamber serves as Newton County’s economic development arm and works to recruit new manufacturing, distribution, headquarters and technology-based businesses. In addition, the Chamber focuses its strategies to recruit major retail investments, hospitality arenas and life sciences ventures.

Rockdale, Newton offer library services • Pest Prevention Services • Fire Ant Control • Termite Control • Mosquito Services Locally Owned & Operated for over Forty Years!

Oxford 770-787-3718

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The Newton County Library System has two branch locations. The Covington Branch Library is located at 7116 Floyd St. Its hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays; it is closed Sundays and Mondays. The Covington library branch can be reached 770-787-3231. The Porter Memorial Branch Library is located at 6191 Ga. Highway 212 in Covington. Its hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays; it is closed Thursdays and Fridays. The Porter Memorial branch is available at 678-729-1388. The library system also has a Newton Library Service Outlet, located at 4224 Ga. Highway 142 in Newborn. Its hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and can be reached by calling 770-787-1126. The library system’s Web site is located at www.newton.public. The Conyers-Rockdale Library System is located at Nancy Guinn Memorial Library, 864 Green St. Its hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; it is closed on Sunday. The library can be reached at 770-388-5041. The library system Web site can be accessed at

Superintendent, board oversee Rockdale schools The Rockdale County Board of Education is comprised of the Rockdale County Public Schools superintendent, a chair, vice-chair and five board members. Each board member serves a four-year term, while the chair and vice-chair are elected on a bi-yearly basis. Board meetings generally are held on the second and third Thursdays of each month. The RCPS Central Office is located at 954 N. Main St. It’s office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30

p.m. Monday through Friday. The school system can be reached at 770-483-4713. The school system Web site can be accessed at • Superintendent Dr. Samuel T. King Office: 770-860-4211 • Chair Wales Barksdale Office: 770-483-1407 • Vice Chair Jean Yontz Home: 770-929-3834

• Jim McBrayer Home: 770-922-6865 • Darlene E. Hotchkiss Office: 770-922-3131 Home: 770-483-6703 • Brad Smith Home: 678-413-1090 • Don McKinney Home: (770) 929-1574 • Katrina P. Young Home: 770-388-9034 Office: 770-483-8853

Directory of Rockdale County public schools ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS • M.G. Barksdale Elementary 596 Oglesby Bridge Road Conyers, GA 30094 770-483-9514 Principal: Jana O’Kelley Schools/BES • Flat Shoals Elementary 1455 Flat Shoals Road Conyers, GA 30013 770-483-5136 Principal: Dr. Tammy Hightower Schools/FSE • C.J. Hicks Elementary 1300 Pine Log Road Conyers, GA 30012 770-483-4410 Principal: Sherrod Willaford Schools/CJH • Hightower Trail Elementary 2510 Ga. Highway 138 N.E. Conyers, GA 30013 770-388-0751 Principal: Laura Bates Schools/HTS • Honey Creek Elementary 700 Honey Creek Road Conyers, GA 30094 770-483-5706 Principal: Shirley Chesser Schools/HCS • J.H. House Elementary 2930 Ga. Highway 20 N. Conyers, GA 30012 770-483-9504 Principal: Tammy Smith Schools/JHH • Lorraine Elementary 3343 East Fairview Road SW Stockbridge, GA 30281 770-483-0657 Principal: Dr. David Ray Schools/LES • Peeks Chapel Elementary 2800 Avalon Parkway Conyers, GA 30013 770-761-1842 Principal: Tiwon Toney Schools/PCS • Pine Street Elementary 960 Pine St. Conyers, GA 30012 770-483-8713 Principal: Kim Vier Schools/PSS • Shoal Creek Elementary 1300 McWilliams Road Conyers, GA 30094 770-929-1430 Principal: Blake Craft Schools/SCS • D.L. Sims Elementary 1821 Walker Road Conyers, GA 30094 770-922-0666 Principal: Charisse Windom Gay Schools/SES MIDDLE SCHOOLS • Conyers Middle 400 Sigman Road

Conyers, GA 30012 770-483-3371 Principal: Maryland Nesmith Schools/CMS • Edwards Middle 2633 Stanton Road Conyers, GA 30094 770-483-3255 Principal: Fred Middleton Schools/EMS • General Ray Davis Middle 3375 East Fairview Road Stockbridge, GA 30281 770-388-5675 Principal: Mike Mauriello Schools/DMS • Memorial Middle 3205 Underwood Road Conyers, GA 30013 770-922-0139 Principal: Andrea McMahan Schools/EMS HIGH SCHOOLS • Heritage High 2400 Granade Road Conyers, GA 30094 770-483-5428 Principal: Greg Fowler Schools/HHS • Rockdale County High 1174 Bulldog Circle Conyers, GA 30012 770-483-8754 Principal: Georgi Brown

Schools/RCHS • Salem High 3551 Underwood Road Conyers. GA 30013 770-929-0176 Principal: Tonya Bloodworth Schools/SHS OTHER PROGRAMS • Alpha Academy 1115 West Ave. Conyers, GA 30012 770-922-8636 Principal: Gregory Brown Schools/Alpha • Open Campus School 1115 West Avenue Conyers, Georgia 30012 770-860-4272 Principal: Frank Daniels Schools/Evening • Magnet School at Rockdale County High School Annex 1174 Bulldog Circle Conyers, GA 30012 770-483-8737 Director: Mary Ann Suddeth Schools/Magnet • Rockdale Career Academy 1064 Culpepper Drive Conyers, GA 30094 770-388-5677 CEO: Miki Edwards Schools/RCA

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Recreational opportunities abound in Rockdale Rockdale County and the city of Conyers offer citizens several public recreational facilities and programs to enjoy throughout the year. Rockdale County Division of Parks and Recreation provides recreational facilities and programs for the citizens of the county. The department operates an indoor swimming pool and outdoor parks with playgrounds, a tennis facility, a 650-acre lake for boating and fishing, trails, recreation center and ball fields as well as providing recreational programming. Parks and Recreation offers many recreational activities for citizens of all ages and with varied interests, such as: basketball, gymnastics, aquatic classes, exercise classes, adult softball, tennis, youth basketball, swimming, and various other programs. Also, the Johnson Park Recreation Center offers after-school care and a day camp in the summer. Hours of Operation: The Parks and Recreation Administrative Office is open 6 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Johnson Park Recreation Center, located at 1781 Ebenezer Road, Conyers, is open 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The mailing address is Rockdale County Department of Parks and Recreation, P. O. Box 224, Conyers, Georgia 30012. Telephone Numbers: • Administrative Office: 770-278-7529 • Administrative Fax: 770-761-1617 • Johnson Park Recreation Center: 770278-7529 • Rockdale Tennis Center: and 678-871-8946 • Pine Log Tennis Center: 770-761-3058 • Pine Log pavilion reservations: 770278-7529 Related organizations: Database of Parks & Recreation Facilities This site is a national database of parks and recreation facilities throughout the country. It lists facilities and activities offered, directions, contact phone numbers and other related information. Rockdale County Youth Organizations: • Rockdale Girls Softball Association,, P.O. Box 187 Conyers, Georgia 30012, President: Bo Willis, 770-929-1604

• Rockdale Youth Baseball Association, P.O. Box 81933, Conyers, Georgia 30012, President: Woody Woodward, 770-633-5028. • Rockdale Youth Football & Cheerleading Association,, Earl O’Neal Sports Complex, 2711 Old Covington Road, N.E., Conyers, Georgia 30013, President: Derrick Hammonds. • Rockdale Youth Soccer Association,, P.O. Box 51, Conyers, Georgia 30012, President: Casey Black, 770483-0284. The city of Conyers owns and operates The Georgia International Horse Park, the former equestrian events venue of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Along with world class equestrian facilities, the Horse Park offers hiking, mountain bike trails, horse trails, golf and the Big Haynes Creek Nature Center. For information, inquiries, event schedules or to take a tour, contact the Horse Park’s events planning department at 888860-4224 or 770-860-4190, or go to www. • Big Haynes Creek Nature Center: the city of Conyers established 173 acres of the Georgia International Horse Park as a nature preserve devoted to the preservation and study of native plants and wildlife. The Nature Center has a canoe launch, observation platform and a .4 mile walking trail. Future plans for the Nature Center include additional trails, a native plant garden, interactive learning center, picnic areas and elevated boardwalk through the wetlands. The annual Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival, held in August, showcases the beauty of the outdoors and the natural habitat that surrounds the Horse Park’s equine facilities. • Mountain biking: The Horse Park features the first Olympic mountain biking course in the world. With 1,032 feet of elevation change, this unique course will give park visitors more than 8 miles of a truly exhilarating ride. The trails are open for public riding daily without charge from dawn to dusk. • Horseback riding: More than 15 miles of horse trails at the Horse Park offer scenic views of the former Olympic Endurance Course, and wind through wooded areas blended with open pastureland and streams. Varied trail lengths and links between trails allow you to choose your route and tailor

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your ride. The course is open for public riding and organized group trail rides. • Cherokee Run Golf Course: The 7,000yard, par-72 public golf course features scenic play over wetlands and granite outcroppings. Designed by Arnold Palmer, the course plays like a mountain course and is open daily, year-round. Guests will also find a clubhouse with a fully stocked pro shop and full-service restaurant. The city of Conyers Public Works and Transportation Department maintains several public parks and facilities throughout the city: • Bonner Park, Rowland Road: Amenities: pavilion, picnic tables and grill, playground, basketball and tennis courts. • Eastview Park, Eastview Road: Amenities: playground, basketball court, green space, picnic table, grill. • Pleasant Circle Park: Amenities: basketball court, swings, merry-go-round, grill, picnic table. • South Hicks Circle Park: Amenities: swings, basketball court, playground, picnic table, grill. • Veal Street Park: Amenities: basketball court, swings, merry-go-round, nature walk, picnic table, grill, green space. • Center Point Park, Center and Green streets, Olde Town Conyers: Center Point Park is home of the 1905 Rogers steam locomotive known as “The Dinky.” The Dinky is one of only three locomotives of its kind in the world. It was once used to transport cotton from the Depot in Conyers to the mills in neighboring Milstead. It is now permanently parked on the siderails across from the Depot in Center Point Park. • Lewis-Vaughn Botanical Garden, Commercial Street, Olde Town Conyers: The garden is located adjacent to the Pavilion in Olde Town Conyers. This unique park features a wide variety of native and indigenous plants, a fountain and stream with goldfish and pond bloomers. The stream is fed by the original Conyers water tower. Restroom facilities and an open-air pavilion round out the amenities at this location. • The Veal Street Community Center, located at 1160 Veal St., is 2,300 square feet and can accommodate up to 70 guests. The community center has a small kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave and sink as well as two handicap-accessible restrooms. For rates and availability, call the Conyers Welcome Center at 770-602-2606.

Newton has chair, five commissioners Five district commissioners and a chairman elected at large comprise the Newton County Board of Commissioners. All serve four-year terms. The BOC meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Newton County Historic Courthouse at 1124 Clark St. The county Web site can be accessed at • Chairman Kathy Morgan Phone: 678-625-1201 Email: kathy.morgan@co.newton.

• District 2 Commissioner Lanier Sims Phone: Office: 678-625-1200 Cell: 770-883-7449 Email: Web site: • District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz Phone: Office: 678-625-1200 Cell: 770-337-7562 E-mail: • District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson Phone: Office: 678-625-1200 Cell: 770-866-3621 Commission Chair Kathy Morgan

• District 1 Commissioner Mort Ewing Phone: Office: 678-625-1200 Home: 770-786-5006

• District 5 Commissioner Tim Fleming Phone: Cell: 404-895-9236 Email: • County Clerk Jackie B. Smith Phone: 678-625-1202 E-mail:

Newton, Rockdale represented in Washington U.S. Congressional District 8: Austin Scott (R-Macon) 516 Cannon HOB Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-6531 Fax: (202) 225-3013 District includes portions of 21 counties, including Newton, Jasper, Ben Hill, Bibb, Houston, Laurens, Turner, Twiggs, Wilcox, Wilkinson and Worth. U.S. Congressional District 4: Hank Johnson (D-Decatur) 1133 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-1605 Fax: (202) 226-0691

U.S. Congressional District 3: Lynn Westmoreland (R-Sharpsburg) 1213 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Office: (202) 225-5901 Fax: (202) 225-2515

Congressman Austin Scott

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Moultrie) 416 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone (202) 224-3521 Fax: (202) 224-0103

District contains portions of Rockdale, DeKalb and Gwinnett counties U.S. Congressional District 7: John Linder (R-Duluth) 1026 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-4272 Fax: (202) 225-4696 District includes portions of Newton, and Gwinnett, and all of Barrow and Walton counties.

District includes portions of Rockdale, Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Harris, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Muscogee, Pike, Spalding, Troup and Upson counties.

Congressman Hank Johnson

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Marietta) 120 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: (202) 224-3643 Fax: (202) 228-0724

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss

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Multiple agencies provide public safety Emergency calls for the city of Covington and Newton County are dispatched through the Covington-Newton County 911 Communications Center. The director is Mike Smith and offices are located at 8146 Carlton Trail, Oxford. The general office number is 770-385-2050, but those reporting emergencies should call 911. Newton County Emergency/Risk Management offers assistance in all emergencies, including natural disasters and hazardous spills. They have offices at 8134 Geiger St., Oxford. The Sheriff Ezell Brown director is Trey Polk and the deputy director is Jody Nolan. They can be reached at 678-342-5326. The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is located at 15151 Alcovy-Jersey Road in the Newton County Law Enforcement Center, which houses the NCSO’s uniform patrol division, criminal investigations division and also serves as the county’s detention center. The NCSO can be contacted at 678-625-1400. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through their Web site by visiting and clicking on “anonymous tip line.” Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information. Sheriff’s contact info: • Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown Phone: 678-625-1400

Email: The cities of Covington, Oxford and Porterdale also have their own police forces. The Covington Police Department is located at 1143 Oak St. and can be reached at 770-786-7605; by visiting the Web site at www.covingtonpolice. com and clicking on “contact us;” or anonymously by clicking “secret witness.” The Porterdale Police Department is located at 2602 Main St. and can be Covington Police reached at 770-786-2226 or www.citChief Stacey Cotton The Oxford Police Department is located at 110 West Clark St. and can be reached at 770-788-1390 or Chiefs contact info: • Covington Chief of Police Stacey Cotton Phone: 770-786-7605 Email: • Porterdale Chief of Police Geoff Jacobs Phone: 770-786-2226 Email: • Oxford Chief of Police Clark Miller Phone: 770-788-1390 Email:

Cities, county covered by paid, volunteer firefighters The Newton County Fire Service has seven paid stations and six volunteer fire stations spread throughout the county. The administrative offices are at 4136-A U.S. Highway 278, Covington, 30014. They can be reached at 770-784-2116 or Fire Chief contact info: • Newton County Fire Chief Mike Satterfield Phone: 770-784-2116 Email: Fire Station addresses and contact information: • NCFS Station No. 1 11545 Covington Bypass Road Covington, GA 30014 Phone: 770-784-2116 • NCFS Station No. 2 3687 Ga. Highway 162 Covington, GA 30016 Phone: 770-787-9282 • NCFS Station No. 3 15393 Ga. Highway 36 Covington, GA 30014 Phone: 770-787-0746 • East Newton Volunteer Station No. 4 P.O. Box 1672 Ga. Highway 142

Covington, GA 30015 Phone: 770-787-9282 • Salem Fire Station No. 5 3935 Salem Road Covington, GA 30016 Phone: 770-787-0444 • Mansfield Fire Station No. 6 4355 Highway 213 Mansfield, GA 30055 Phone: 770-784-2156 • Newton County Fire Station 7 11662 Brown Bridge Road Covington, GA 30016 Phone: 770-784-2152 • North Newton Volunteer Fire Station No. 8 3163 Ga. Highway 81 Oxford, GA 30054 Phone: 770-787-0611 • NCFS Station No. 9 176 Mt. Zion Road Oxford, GA 30054 Phone: 678-342-5331 • Central Newton Volunteer Station No. 10 11240 Ga. Highway 36 Covington, GA 30014 Phone: 770-787-3947 • Porterdale Volunteer Station No. 11

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2 Main Street, P.O. Box 667 Porterdale, GA 30070 Phone: 770-784-1711 • NCFS Station No. 14 6169 Ga. Highway 212 Covington, GA 30016 Phone: 678-342-5333 • NCFS Station No. 15 44 Harris Spring Church Road Social Circle, GA 30025 Phone: 770-784-1420 The city limits of Covington is covered by its own fire department The Covington Fire Department has two paid stations. Chief contact info: • Covington Fire Chief Don Floyd Phone: 770-385-2100 Email: Fire Station Addresses and Contact Info: • CFD Station No. 1 2101 Pace Street Covington, GA 30014 Phone: 770-385-2100 • CFD Station No. 2 11234 Alcovy Road Covington, GA 30014 Phone: 770-385-0756

Five cities provide services to residents Covington The city of Covington is Newton County’s population center and is the county seat. Covington was incorporated in 1822. The City Council is a policy-making board and consists of a mayor and six council members. The mayor and council are elected to four-year terms. The city manager is appointed and serves at the pleasure of the council. The mayor and council meet on the first and third Mondays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. Covington info: City Hall: 2194 Emory Street Phone: 770-385-2000 Fax: 770-385-2060 Web Site: Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mayor: Kim Carter City Manager: Steve Horton Council Members: Post 1 East Ward: Chris Smith Post 1 West Ward: Janet Goodman Post 2 East Ward: Michael Whatley Post 2 West Ward: Hawnethia Williams Post 3 East Ward: Keith Dalton Post 3 West Ward: Ocie Franklin City Clerk: Tonya Grier The city of Covington provides the following services: water and sewer, electricity, natural gas, garbage collection and recycling, police and fire protection. Covington also owns Covington Municipal Airport, a general aviation facility. Mansfield The city of Mansfield is located in eastern Newton County at the junction of Ga. Hwy. 213 and Ga. Hwy. 11. Mansfield is governed by a mayor and a five-member council who serve staggered fouryear terms. The mayor and council meet on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Mansfield Community Building at 3158 Ga. Highway 11. Mansfield info: City Hall: 3158 Ga. Hwy. 11. City Hall hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m.-noon. City Hall is closed on Wednesday. Phone number: 770-786-7235 Fax number: 770-786-1946 Mayor: William Cocchi Council Members: Helen Robertson (Post 1) Orville McGunigal (Post 2) Lyra Cocchi (Post 3) Unfilled (Post 4) Larry Cummins (Post 5) City Clerk: Pat Mullins-Ozburn Mansfield provides its approximately 450 citizens with water, sewage, electricity and garbage pick up. Newborn A town of approximately 850 residents, Newborn is located in eastern Newton County on Ga. Highway 142. Newborn is governed by a mayor and four-member council who are elected to four-year staggered terms. Meetings are held monthly on the first Monday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Newborn info: Town Hall: 4224 Ga. Hwy. 142 Town Hall business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Phone number: 770-787-1660 Fax number: 770-787-1604 Mayor: Roger Sheridan Council members: Gene Downs - Post 1 John Donaldson - Post 2 Thomas Krieger - Post 3 Martha Ellwanger - Post 4 Town clerk: Lisa Rowe Newborn provides water services to its citizens. Oxford The historic town of Oxford, home of Oxford College at Emory University, is adjacent to the city of Covington’s northern border on Ga. Hwy. 81. Oxford has a population of approximately 2,500 and is governed by a mayor and six council members who are elected to four-year terms. The mayor and council meet monthly on the first Monday at 7 p.m. in the Oxford City Hall. Oxford info: City Hall: 110 West Clark Street Phone number: 770-786-7004 Fax number: 770-786-2211 Business hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday Mayor: Jerry Roseberry Council Post 1: Frank Davis Council Post 2: George Holt Council Post 3: Hoyt Oliver Council Post 4: Sue Dale Council Post 5: James Windham Council Post 6: Terry Smith City Clerk: Carol Poole Oxford offers its citizens police protection, electricity, water and sewer and sanitation. Porterdale Situated on the banks of the Yellow River, Porterdale is one of the best preserved examples of a Georgia mill town. The town is located southwest of Covington on Ga. Highway 81. Porterdale takes its name from Oliver Porter, who held shares of the Cedar Shoals Manufacturing Company in 1869. The Cedar Shoals Mill, also called the Old Porterdale Mill, stands on the banks of the Yellow River and dominates the central city area. The city is governed by a mayor and five council members who are elected to four-year terms. The city manager oversees the dayto-day operations of the city. Council meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. Porterdale info: Porterdale City Hall: 2400 Main Street Phone number: 770-786-2217 Fax number : 770-786-5171 Business hours: 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday- Friday Web site: Mayor: Bobby Hamby Council member post 1: Robert Foxworth Council member post 2: Linda Finger Council member post 3: Arline Chapman Council member post 4: Mike Harper Council member post 5: Lowell Chambers City manager: Bob Thomson City clerk: Judy Johnson Porterdale has approximately 1,800 residents. The city provides garbage pickup, water and sewer services, police and fire protection and planning and zoning. THE CITIZEN • Answer Book • sunday, January 30, 2011 • 19

Directory of Newton County public schools 2010-11 Newton County School Directory • Newton County School System Board of Education Building 2109 Newton Drive N.E. Covington, Ga. 30014 770-787-1330 Superintendent: Dr. Gary Mathews


ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS • East Newton Elementary 2286 Dixie Road Covington, GA 30014 770-784-2973 Principal: Kim Coady www.newtoncountyschools. org/schools/eastnewton.asp

HIGH SCHOOLS • Alcovy High 14567 Ga. Highway 36 Covington, GA 30014 770-784-4995 Principal: Dr. LaQuanda Brown www.newtoncountyschools. org/schools/alcovy.asp

• Ficquett Elementary 2207 Williams St. Covington, GA 30014 770-786-2636 Principal: Dr. Naomi Cobb www.newtoncountyschools. org/schools/ficquett.asp • Heard-Mixon Elementary 14110 Ga. Highway 36 Covington, GA 30014 770-784-2980 Principal: Lee Peck www.newtoncountyschools. org/schools/heardmixon.asp • Live Oak Elementary School 500 Kirkland Road Covington, Georgia 30016 229-431-1209 Principal: Ericka Anderson www.newtoncountyschools. org/schools/liveoak.asp • Livingston Elementary 3657 Ga. Highway 81 South Covington, GA 30016 770-784-2930 Principal: Shari Thomas www.newtoncountyschools. org/schools/livingston.asp • Mansfield Elementary 45 E. Third Ave. Mansfield, GA 30055 770-784-2948 Principal: G.W. Davis www.newtoncountyschools. org/schools/mansfield.asp • Middle Ridge Elementary 11649 South Covington By-

• Veterans Memorial Middle 13357 Brown Bridge Road Covington, GA 30016 770-385-6893 Principal: James Peek www.newtoncountyschools. org/schools/veteransmemorial. asp

The Newton County School System includes 13 elementary schools, five middle schools, and three high schools.

Pass Road Covington, GA 30014 770-385-6463 Principal: Alan Satterfield www.newtoncountyschools. org/schools/middleridge.asp • Oak Hill Elementary 6243 Ga. Highway 212 Covington, GA 30016 770-385-6906 Principal: Dr. Brenda Gammans www.newtoncountyschools. org/schools/oakhill.asp • Palmer-Stone Elementary 1110 N. Emory St. Oxford, GA 30054 770-784-2969 Principal: Dr. Lori Thomas www.newtoncountyschools. org/schools/palmer-stone.asp • Porterdale Elementary 45 Ram Drive Covington, GA 30014 770-784-2928 Principal: Lizzella Dodson www.newtoncountyschools. org/schools/porterdale.asp • Rocky Plains Elementary 5300 Ga. Highway 162 South Covington, GA 30016 770-784-4987 Principal: Dr. Miranda Jones www.newtoncountyschools. org/schools/rockyplains.asp • South Salem Elementary 5335 Salem Road Covington, Georgia 30016 678-342-5907

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Principal: Holly Dubois www.newtoncountyschools. org/schools/southsalem.asp • West Newton Elementary 13387 Brown Bridge Road Covington, GA 30016 770-385-6472 Principal: Dr. Takila Curry www.newtoncountyschools. org/schools/westnewton.asp MIDDLE SCHOOLS • Clements Michelle School 66 Jack Neely Road Covington, GA 30016 770-784-2934 Principal: Joy Scavella www.newtoncountyschools. org/schools/clements-theme.asp • Cousins Middle 8187 Carlton Trail N.W. Covington, GA 30014 770-786-7311 Principal: Scott Sauls www.newtoncountyschools. org/schools/cousins.asp • Indian Creek Middle 11051 South Covington ByPass Road Covington, GA 30014 770-385-6453 Principal: Dr. Renee Mallard www.newtoncountyschools. org/schools/indiancreek.asp • Liberty Middle School 7465 Wallace Tatum Road Cumming, GA 30040 770-781-4889 Principal: Victor Lee www.newtoncountyschools.

• Eastside High 10245 Eagle Drive Covington, GA 30014 770-784-2920 Principal: Dennis Roddenberry www.newtoncountyschools. org/schools/eastside.asp • Newton High 140 Ram Drive Covington, GA 30014 770-787-2250 Principal: Dr. Craig Lockhart www.newtoncountyschools. org/schools/newton.asp OTHER PROGRAMS • Challenge Charter Academy 8134 Geiger Street NW Covington, GA 30014 (678) 625- 3975 Principal: Ernetta Dailey-Worthy www.newtoncountyschools. org/schools/charter.asp • Fairview Theme School 3325 Fairview Road Covington, GA 30016 770-784-2959 Principal: Dr. Ruth Anne Smith www.newtoncountyschools. org/schools/fairview-theme.asp • Sharp Learning Center 3135 Newton Drive Covington, GA 30014 770-787-3010 Principal: Gabriel Burnette www.newtoncountyschools. org/schools/sharp.asp

Newton school board meets twice each month The Newton County Board of Education is comprised of the Newton County School System superintendent, a chair, vice-chair and three board members. Each board member is elected to a fouryear term, while the chair and vice-chair are elected on a yearly basis. Board meetings generally are held every second and third Tuesdays of each month, except in July and December when a combined work session and regular session is held in one meeting. The NCSS Central Office is located at 2109 Newton Dr. N.E. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The school system can be reached at 770-787-1330. The school system Web site can be accessed at • Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews Phone: 770-787-1330, ext. 1103 • Jeff Meadors, District 1 Cell: 770-891-5906

Dr. Gary Mathews is sworn in as the Newton County School System's superintendent in 2010. Performing the swearingin honors is Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn.

• Eddie Johnson, District 2 Cell: 678-642-4365

• Almond Turner, District 4 Home: 770-786-6781 Office: 770-385-2143

• Shakila Henderson-Baker, District 3 Cell: 770-853-9614

• Abigail Morgan Coggin, District 5 Cell: 770-862-2919

Newton Rec Commission maintains 15 public parks The Newton County Recreation Commission maintains a total of 15 parks throughout the county and offers a variety of adult and youth sports, including football, basketball, softball, kickball, volleyball, baseball , tennis and golf. Recreation offices are located at the Turner Lake Complex on Turner Lake Road. The 34,000-square-foot complex also features a gymnasium, indoor walking track, conference center and community room. Outdoor amenities include softball fields, a youth football field, a lakeside pavilion, fishing pier, Recreation Director Tommy Hailey picnic area, tot-lot playground, 3 miles of walking trails and a 26-acre lake. Administrative office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayFriday. The front desk is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday - Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The gymnasium and walking track are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday -Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The facility is closed on Sunday. The commission is governed by an eight-member board and executive director Tommy Hailey. For more information about the Recreation Commission, call 770-786-4373 or visit

Only a strong bank can remain part of the community for over 60 years. While other banks come and go, we’ve maintained a sound fiscal policy providing our customers hometown service, comprehensive financing and innovative banking solutions. For mortgages, checking or savings, count on us to be here today and tomorrow. After all, we’re not a big bank, just a better one.

Serving you from 3 convenient locations 3175 Highway 278 NE • 8258 Highway 278 NE • By Pass Rd & Hwy. 36 Covington Covington Covington

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Newton Medical advancing to meet community's needs Newton Medical Center, located at 5126 Hospital Drive, Covington, offers state-of-theart medical care and a comprehensive range of patient services. From education to surgery and rehabilitation, experienced physicians and staff work toward the goal of making patients well. According to their Web site at, the mission of Newton Medical Center is to benefit the community by providing the highest quality health care services to patients in the safest, most hospitable and fiscally sound manner. Their goal is to be regionally renowned for having the best clinical care program in the eastern I-20 corridor. Specialized departments and services include the BirthCare Center, Cath Lab, Diabetes Services, Emergency Department, Fitness Forum, Home Health, Intensive Care Unit, Laboratory Services, Outpatient Center, Radiology, Physical Therapy, Sleep Disorder Center, Volunteer Services, Women's Diag-

nostic Center and Wound Care Center. The hospital was recently recognized in two categories of the top 10 hospitals in Georgia. HealthGrades’ annual rankings list Newton as No. 6 for overall pulmonary services and No. 10 for gastrointestinal medical treatment. The hospital has an active volunteer program through Newton Hospital Auxiliary. Those who are interested in participating should call 770-8847154. From its inception in 1952 until the present, progress has been made in the treatment offered by Newton Medical, including: • 1952 — The Newton General Hospital Authority was created in February to meet the health care needs of Newton County. • 1954 — The hospital opened on Oct. 18, with a total of 36 beds. Through the years many additions and changes have occurred including:

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Newton Medical Center continues to provide advanced medical treatment to residents of the Interstate 20 corridor.

• 1961 — Thirteen beds and an operating room were added. • 1969 — Thirty-five beds were added along with several ancillary departments. • 1971— The six-bed Florence Turner Arnold Intensive Care Unit was added. • 1984 — The Intensive Care Unit was renamed the Robert and Florence Arnold Critical Care Unit. Also, a major expansion program was completed that brought the hospital to its current total of 90 licensed beds. The change resulted in a new entrance facing Highway 278 as well as a new space for several clinical areas and an addition of the third floor to the hospital. • 1987 — A new Outpatient Department was completed. • 1992 — Work was completed on a new Emergency Department, Laboratory Department, Physical Therapy Department, and Respiratory Therapy Department.

• 1993 — The expansion and renovation of the Birthcare Center were completed. • 1997, the new 60,000-squarefoot medical office building, named the Physicians’ Pavilion, was opened. • 2001 — the 103,000-squarefoot Knox Surgical Center opened. This spacious and ultramodern surgical care facility offers general surgery procedures, an Endoscopy Lab, and pain management services. • 2004 — Newton General Hospital changed its name to Newton Medical Center. • 2009 — A new Wound Care center with HBC was opened. More detailed information on Newton Medical Center is available by calling 770-884-7154. (Information for this article was obtained from the Newton Medical Center Web site at

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Pastor: William B. Wade, Jr Parish Associate: Louly Hay Director of Youth & Children’s Ministry: Dan Walden


The First Presbyterian Church of Covington is called, by the Grace of God, into a caring community of believers nurtured through worship, study and fellowship. We are sent forth to reach out in compassion to a world in need of care through the love of Jesus Christ.

To learn more about our ministries and services, contact us at 770-786-7321 or 22 • Sunday, January 30, 2011 • Answer Book • The Citizen Portraits Art Classes Jan Jentzen and Beverly Smith from Custom Framing Landscapes and Florals Art and Frame Restorations

Nick & Kathy Cuiffi 770-385-5834 3400 Hwy 212 • Covington

will be teaching children’s classes starting in January at Heartscapes

Alcovy Circuit has five Superior Court judges Newton County’s legal system is under the auspices of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit, which handles both civil and criminal matters for Newton and Walton counties. District Attorney Layla Zon serves both counties. The Newton County Judicial Center is located at 1132 Usher St. COURT PHONE NUMBERS • District Attorney: Layla Zon 770-784-2070 • Indigent Defense: Anthony Carter 770-788-3750 • Clerk of the Courts: Linda Hays 770-784-2035 • Magistrate Court: Chief Magistrate Henry Baker 770-784-2050 • Probate Court: Judge Henry Baker 770-784-2045 • Felony Probation Office 770-784-2700 • Misdemeanor Probation Office 770-788-1388 • Child Support Recovery 770-784-2499 • Juvenile Court: Judge Sherri Roberts 770-784-2060

• Court services in Newton County are provided at the Newton County Judicial Center in downtown Covington.

SUPERIOR COURT JUDGES The Alcovy Circuit has five Superior Court Judges who are constitutionally elected officers who serve four-year terms. • Chief Judge John Ott Monroe, Ga. 770-266-1635 • Judge Samuel D. Ozburn Covington, Ga. 770-784-2180

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Judge Horace J. Johnson Jr. Covington, Ga. 770-784-2080 • Judge Eugene M. Benton Monroe, Ga. 770-266-1636 • Judge Ken Wynne Covington, Ga. 770-788-3781


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• Ronald M. Bradley Gymnasium • Dr. W. L. (Bill) Dobbs Softball Fields • Special Events • Outdoor Learning Center • Walking Trails • Boardwalk/Nature Viewing Platform • Frank B. Turner Community Room • Senior Citizen Program • Kiwanis Pavilion • Youth and Adult Instruction/Athletics • General Mills Playground • Physically Challenged Fishing Pier • Harold Cobb Football Field

NEWTON COUNTY RECREATION COMMISSION 6185 Turner Lake Road, NW Covington, Georgia 30014 770-786-4373

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Sign up for the Downtown Covington E:Minder so that you don’t miss out on a being a part of the exciting events and performances that take place throughout the year. All you need to do is email mscovington@cityof Looking to become a part of a vibrant business district? Downtown Covington has so much to offer a prospective business owner. Call the Main Street Covington office to learn about available properties and opportunities in the downtown district or check out our website.

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Here's how to 'get connected' in Newton City of Covington The city of Covington provides electricity, water and sewer, natural gas and sanitation services. Bills may be paid via mail to P.O. Box 1527, Covington, GA, 30015 or in-person at City Hall, located at 2194 Emory St. NW, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. An after-hours deposit box is also available at the City Hall drive-through window. Bills may also be paid online at www.cityofcovington. org. Cash or money orders are accepted for bills paid by mail. Payments with debit or credit cards can be made by phone by dialing 770-385-2000 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For 24-hour service, call 770385-2049. Electricity Snapping Shoals EMC Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corporation is a non-profit, consumer-owned cooperative headquartered in Covington. SSEMC provide

selectric service to about 95,000 residential, commercial and industrial consumers in an eightcounty area southeast of Atlanta. The co-op's headquarters are located at 14750 Brown Bridge Road in Covington. Snapping Shoals also maintains an office in Henry County at 190 Fairview Road in Ellenwood. The offices are open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit online at or call 770-786-3484. Georgia Power Payments can be made online at or by calling 1-800-672-2402. Payments can also be made via mail at Georgia Power Payments, 96 Annex, Atlanta, GA 30396. Cable Charter Communications is located at 1167 Pace Street, Covington, GA, 30014. The mailing address is P.O. Box 1078 , Covington, GA, 30015. Call 1-888-438-2427 or visit for more information. Comcast Call 1-800-COMCAST (266-2278) for information on services or visit www. Telephone AT&T For sales, billing and customer service, call 1-888-7576500. Visit for more information. Landfill, Recycling The Newton County Landfill is located at 205 Lower River Road, Covington, GA 30016. Landfill hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 770-786-5808 for more information. Recycling Centers No fee is charged to Newton County residents who bring household garbage, bulk waste and recyclables to Newton County Neighborhood Recycling Centers. Residents who do not presently carry a Newton County car tag should show some form of proof of residency. Recycling Center locations and hours are as follows: Mon., Wed., Fri. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tues, Thurs. Sat. from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Piper Road/Hwy. 36 - 10545 Ga. Hwy. 36 ByPass Road/Flat Shoals Road — 11575 Covington ByPass Road Stewart V FD — 14645 Ga. Hwy. 36 Stone Road — 70 Stone Road

Cook Road — 10 Cook Road Dial Mill Road - 325 Dial Mill Road Hwy. 212/Hwy. 162 — 2010 Ga. Hwy. 212 Mon., Wed., Fri. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tues., Thurs., Sat., Sun. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. McGiboney Road — 518 McGiboney Road Oak Hill Road — 112 Oak Hill Road Adams Circle — 2010 Adams Circle Sun.-Fri. 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Hazelbrand Road — 11585 Hazelbrand Road Accepted items: Glass; aluminum cans; plastic bottles; steel or tin cans; newspapers; corrugated cardboard and other paper products; used motor oil and filters; yard waste; scrap metal; appliances and tires. Large truck loads and multiloads of bulk waste will not be accepted and should be taken directly to the landfill. The landfill also accepts electronics and hazardous wastes such as paints, pesticides and aerosol cans the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to noon. City of Covington Sanitation provides curb-side service for a fee. Call 770-385-2075 for more information. The City of Covington Recycling Center, located at 5144 Turner Street, can be reached at 770-385-2064. Hours are 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

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Newton offers opportunity for college degree Newton County boasts several post-secondary educational institutions — Georgia Perimeter College, DeKalb Technical College, Troy State University and Oxford College. In 2007, Georgia Perimeter College moved from its Conyers site to a new location off Ga. Highway 11 in Social Circle. Georgia Perimeter, which has four other campus locations throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area — Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur and Lawrenceville — provides undergraduate credit and noncredit programs for students who want to complete an associate degree, transfer to a senior college or university or prepare for a career or enhance skills. For more information, visit the college’s Web site at www.gpc. edu., or call 770-278-1200. DeKalb Technical College, headquartered in Clarkston, operates two campuses in Newton County — one at 16200 Alcovy Road NE and another at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway. The school provides general and technical learning credit programs, continuing education, business and industry training and adult education. For more information, visit the college’s Web site at or call 404-297-9522, ext. 3100. Georgia Perimeter and DeKalb Tech also have an adult learning partnership in Conyers at the Rockdale Career Academy, located at 1064 Culpepper Drive SW, off Parker Road, in Conyers. Oxford College is part of Emory University, which is centered in Atlanta, and offers an undergraduate liberal arts education for college freshmen and sophomores. The campus is located in Oxford along Ga. Highway 81 and is the site of the original Emory campus founded by the United Methodist Church in 1836. Currently, about 850 students are enrolled in classes. More information is available at its Web site,,

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or by calling 770-784-8888. Troy State University offers graduate degree programs at its East Metro/Covington campus, which recently relocate to 1160 Monticello St. in Covington. Troy programs at off-campus centers have been approved by the university’s Board of Trustees and are identical in scope and credit level to programs and courses offered on the main campus. All requirements for degrees offered at an off-campus center may be completed in their entirety at that center, either on a 10-week term basis or the weekend intensive format. For more information, visit or call 770-3858315.

Stop in and browse our large selection of name brand, quality hardware and software. We specialize in upgrades, computer & printer repair, service & networking!

• New & Used Computers, Custom Computers • Point of Sale Systems • Security Cameras • On-Site or Carry-In Service & Repair • Home & Office Networking Installations • Parts, Supplies, Accessories & More • Commercial, Business & Residential Services • Service Maintenance Contracts Available • Walk-Ins Are Always Welcome

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