Buzz: Berry Dean Jacqueline McDowell appointed to Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Final OK to begin water line to Everett Springs. Honors for two 4-H’ers. Wellness Center celebration. RIFF 101 set.

Buzz: Berry Dean Jacqueline McDowell appointed to Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Final OK to begin water line to Everett Springs. Honors for two 4-H’ers. Wellness Center celebration. RIFF 101 set.

Pictured left to right are Veeka Malanchuk and Lauren Wood, two recent 4-H winners on the state level. Details below.


Jacqueline McDowell

Berry Dean Jacqueline McDowell appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. The commission regulates the certification and classification of professional employees in all Georgia public schools. Those on the board are responsible for adopting standards of performance and a code of ethics for investigators, as well as investigating allegations of misconduct and making recommendations for disciplinary action. McDowell, dean of the Charter School of Education and Human Sciences, has worked at Berry College for 25 years in various leadership roles. She also is president of the Rome-Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth and sits on the executive committee for the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education. McDowell earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education from the University of Akron and a doctoral degree in curriculum and higher education administration from Kent State University.

Make that Rome Floyd Wellness Center, operated by Redmond:

Redmond Regional Medical Center and the City of Rome welcomed a new member, Floyd County, to their Employee Wellness Center with an Open House and Ribbon Cutting in conjunction with the Rome Floyd Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. It is now known as the Rome Floyd Wellness Center, operated by Redmond.  Located at 2112 Shorter Ave., Suite 240, it is dedicated exclusively to serving the City of Rome and Floyd County employees and their families.  Employees and their families will save time and expense on routine healthcare making it easier to maintain and/or improve their health. The center provides high quality, convenient health care at no cost to city and county employees and their dependents, 2 years and above, covered by the business’ health care plan.  County employees will now have additional options of seeing the nurse practitioner at the Wellness Center or continue to see their primary care physician.   Paula Dunwoody, Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, along with the wellness center professional team provide a wide range of services including primary care, acute care, preventive care, occupational health, disease and chronic condition monitoring, workers’ comp treatment and management, and wellness services.  Additional services include blood pressure checks, flu testing, x-rays, lab work and administration of various vaccines.  As an added convenience, many prescriptions are available at the center.  “Redmond is dedicated to providing Floyd County and City of Rome employees and their families with expert, high-quality healthcare with a hometown feel,” said John Quinlivan, CEO of Redmond Regional Medical Center. Jamie McCord, Floyd County Manager stated, “Improving the health of our employees and their families is one of our top priorities.  Floyd County’s choosing to invest in an employee wellness center has made access to quality healthcare and wellness resources simple and convenient with a goal of increasing employee satisfaction and improving the county’s bottom line.”

The 2013 SPLOST project to extend water lines to Everett Spring received approval from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division on Aug. 7.  The EPD requires a comment period that expired in July allowing citizens to voice their concerns in regards to possible environmental or archeological issues.  The letter received on Monday approved the project planning document and allows the project to proceed.  Earlier this spring, the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority approved a low interest loan up to an amount of $8,710,605.00 to start construction on the project.  Williams, Sweitzer & Barnum Inc., is serving as the project engineer.  A proposed timeline:

                    Proposed Date


Bid Opening                                                                                         September 19, 2017

Notice of Award                                                                                   September 27, 2017

Notice to Proceed with Construction                                                      October 5, 2017

Initiation of Construction                                                                      November 5, 2017

Completion of Construction                                                                  August 2, 2018

Floyd County had two 4-H’ers compete at State 4-H Congress in Atlanta during the week of July 25-28. Veeka Malanchuk placed first in the International project and earned the coveted title of Master 4-H’er, and Lauren Wood placed second in the Performing Arts Dance project. Veeka will go on to attend National Congress in Atlanta this fall. The State 4-H Congress takes place at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia and brings the district winners of each of the 60-plus project areas together to compete at the state level. Scores are determined based on a portfolio containing the 4-H’ers project work from the previous year, a demonstration about a specific topic in their project area, and an in-person interview.  The week also includes tours of various organizations in the Atlanta area, a trip to Six Flags, and a formal gala to honor the accomplishments of the 4-H’ers  Competing at State 4-H Congress is a high honor, and Floyd County is proud to have had two   For more information about becoming involved with 4-H, contact the Floyd County Extension Office at 706-295-6210.

Residents will have a chance to test the waters of a film festival experience on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Sara Hightower Library   Volunteers from the Rome International Film Festival (Nov. 10-12) will host a free workshop —  RIFF 101 — for anyone curious about our local film festival experience .During the workshop, you’ll hear tips for enjoying a film festival.  They also will screen a short international animated film, and clips from two Georgia-made films. The workshop is free and open to the public. A second workshop will be held Oct. 10.

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