Buzz: Dempsey honored by the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. State songwriters series due at Rome City Brewing Nov. 17.  Armuchee Ruritan Club refurbishes outdoor amphitheater behind the Glenwood Primary. Free ‘e waste’ recycling Nov. 18.

Buzz: Dempsey honored by the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. State songwriters series due at Rome City Brewing Nov. 17. Armuchee Ruritan Club refurbishes outdoor amphitheater behind the Glenwood Primary. Free ‘e waste’ recycling Nov. 18.

State Rep. Katie Dempsey, second from the left, and to the far right, her husband, Lynn. State House photo.

 

Media release: State Rep. Katie Dempsey (R-Rome) recently was named the 2017 Legislator of the Year by the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dempsey was honored during GAAAP’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 3, in Atlanta.

“I’m honored to be recognized by Georgia’s American Academy of Pediatrics chapter for my work on behalf of our state’s children,” said  Dempsey. “Children and adolescents with social-emotional, intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as their families, face tremendous challenges, and as a state representative, I will continue to serve as a voice for these individuals. It is my hope that Georgia’s children in need of mental health services will have every opportunity to succeed as healthy productive adults.”

She was recognized for her leadership in the Georgia House on children’s mental health issues. During the last three legislative sessions, Dempsey sponsored legislation to create study committees on children’s mental health, and her work resulted in the establishment of the Commission on Children’s Mental Health by Gov. Nathan Deal earlier this year. This commission is the first of its kind and is charged with evaluating Georgia’s mental health services for children and studying ways to improve such services.

GAAAP is a non-profit organization that works to improve infant, child and adolescent health and welfare. For more: here.

On Friday, Nov. 17, the sixth and final show in the 2017 ExploreGeorgia.org Songwriter Series heads to Rome City Brewing Co. for performances featuring Trea Landon, Eric Dodd and Jordan Rager. The Songwriter Series concert will begin at 8 p.m. Advance purchase general admission tickets are available now at FreshTix for $15. Tickets are also available at the door. The ExploreGeorgia.org Songwriter Series takes place in six cities across the state from August through November, promoting the state as a destination for live music and music heritage. Other participating cities include Augusta, Athens, LaGrange, Savannah and Valdosta.

 

As one of its community service projects for 2017, the Armuchee Ruritan Club undertook the task of refurbishing the outdoor amphitheater behind the Glenwood Primary School. The amphitheater was originally constructed as part of an Eagle Scout project by two local teens, Josh Baker and Chip Cox in 1998. According to Baker, he was responsible for constructing the stage and Cox installed the 40 benches. The facility was used extensively by the school until recent years when the wood began to deteriorate. The Armuchee Ruritan Club was first approached in late 2016 about the possibility of restoring the venue so it could be put back into use. Working with Kenneth Storey at Storey Lumber Co., the club removed the original 5 by 4 by 6 stage floor and installed 2 by 6-inch deck boards and replaced all 40 benches with new 12-foot  3- by 10-inch planks. The original wooden lattice backdrop was changed to a vinyl product. Club members donated more than 50 man hours to the project at a cost of just under $1,900. For more information about the Armuchee Ruritan Club, please contact us at armucheeruritan@gmail.com.

The Rome-Floyd Recycling Center plans a free E-waste collection event on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. That includes all electronics waste including computers, printers, and televisions. Please make an appointment to cut down on delays and traffic.  Please call the center at 706-291-5266 during business hours before 5 pm on Friday, Nov. 17, to schedule an appointment.  Please get a confirmation of your appointment and don’t simply leave a message.

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