State Rep. Eddie Lumsden (R-Armuchee) was recently named as the 2019 Legislator of the Year by the Georgia State Firefighters Association and the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs for his legislative efforts to protect private, nonprofit fire departments that provide services across the state. Lumsden was presented with the award on Friday, Sept. 27, at the State Capitol.
“Approximately 30 percent of the firefighting services in Georgia are provided by private, nonprofit volunteer fire departments,” said Lumsden. “These fire departments provide crucial, life-saving services to Georgia citizens, and I hope these two legislative measures will provide support to these important organizations so they can continue to protect our state. I was honored to receive this recognition and will continue to work with the Georgia State Firefighters Association to advance policies that support this critical industry.”
The Legislator of the Year Award is given to a legislator who goes above and beyond in their role to support Georgia fire service. Lumsden was selected this year for his work on House Bills 387 and 412.
“Rep. Lumsden has a long history with those of us in public safety. He is one of our go to legislators when the fire service needs help,” said David Bullard, Georgia State Firefighters Association.
“Chairman Lumsden did yeoman’s work for firefighters all across Georgia this past session and we cannot thank him enough for his hard work,” said Charles Wasdin, Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs.
Foundry Growler Bar adds candidate access, voter registration drive this Thursday from 4-7 p.m. The Foundry at 255 N. Fifth Ave. in Rome offers a double special this Thursday afternoon — a chance to meet the candidates running for City Commission as well as an opportunity to regster to vote if you’re a new or lapsed city voter. “Make your voice heard! Small bites will be provided and beer specials will be available.”
Today: The Floyd County Republican Women Meeting meet Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Red Lobster. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at noon. This month’s speaker: Emily Matson, Rome attorney and Georgia Alliance for Life. Those who attend are asked to bring a pack of diapers to be donated to Good Neighbors Ministry of Rome.
Tonight: Candidates forum: Rome residents are invited to a candidate forum to hear from candidates for the six nonpartisan City Commission seats up for vote in the Nov. 5 election. It will be held Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m.at Thankful Baptist Church’s Russell Family Life Center at 935 Spider Webb Drive in Rome.
Thursday: Floyd County Democratic Party’s candidate “meet and greet” at 7 p.m. at the Community Room at the Northwest Georgia Housing Authority, 560 N. Division St., NW. All candidates for this November’s election for Rome City Commission have been invited. Each will be provided with a table and attendees will have the opportunity to speak with them individually about why they’re running, what they see the most pressing issues facing the city, what they hope to bring to the table, and any other questions attendees deem significant. All are welcome and refreshments will be served. Six seats on the Rome City Commission are up for election this November including three seats in Ward 1 and three seats in Ward 3.