Buzz: Rome Police Sgt. Steven Smith honored by MADD for DUI arrests. Superstar of service award goes to Scharla Battles of Cancer Navigators. HBO to film in Cedartown later this month.

Buzz: Rome Police Sgt. Steven Smith honored by MADD for DUI arrests. Superstar of service award goes to Scharla Battles of Cancer Navigators. HBO to film in Cedartown later this month.

 

From Rome Police: “We would like to congratulate Sgt. Steven Smith on being awarded with the MADD DUI Hero award for his DUI enforcement efforts in 2017. Debbie Day, above, the executive director for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, presented Smith with the award on Wednesday at the Rome Police Department. The award is given to officers with the most DUI arrests and overall enforcement efforts. Smith was the top DUI enforcement officer for category four-sized agencies in the state in 2017. Congratulations, Sergeant Smith, and thank you for your work in keeping the roadways of our city safe.”


Scharla Battle, Community Outreach Manager at Cancer Navigators, has been named a Superstar of Service award winner by the City of Rome’s Tourism Board of Directors. The Superstar of Service program pays tribute to front-line employees who go above and beyond normal expectations when dealing with residents and visitors to the community. Kristi Kent, Communications Director for Tourism, and Nic Diaz, Marketing Assistant, surprised Battle with the award May 7. “The bottom line is you are an absolute perfect example of service in our community,” Kent said. She read a few of the comments made about Battle by those who nominated her. Among them: “Scharla Battle is a great example of an employee working in the community to make a difference in the lives of people she comes in contact with daily.” one person wrote. Battle said the award represents “the hard work, the passion and the love I have for the Cancer Navigators organization and what it does for our patients. This means the world to me.” Battle has been with Cancer Navigators since April 2008. She is a graduate of Pepperell High School, received her licensed practical nursing degree in December 2014 from Georgia Northwestern Technical College and is currently seeking her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Jacksonville State University.


There’s something about Cedartown when it comes to TV and movies . . . : Recently, it was the crews from Sundance Channel’s ‘Hap and Leonard.’ In 2011, it was for the movie ‘Jayne Mansfield’s Car.’ And now — a mystery pilot for HBO. Here’s what we know from the city:

“Cedartown is the focus (pun intended) of yet another filming endeavor. Downtown Cedartown and the surrounding area will be the setting for a new HBO TV pilot.

“Crews and cast will be in town over the coming weeks. In fact, prep work for the pilot will take place as early as May 14. Two dates you need to keep in mind: May 30, May 31. Those are full day film dates and traffic will be diverted in the Main Street area and surrounding streets.

“Also note that this pilot comes with interesting special effects including fire, smoke, livestock, simulated gun fire and explosions along with stunts.”

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