Buzz: Bartow County Fire & Emergency Services earns grant to help with arson investigations. Three with local ties named to state tourism group.

Buzz: Bartow County Fire & Emergency Services earns grant to help with arson investigations. Three with local ties named to state tourism group.

Bartow County Fire & Emergency Services recently received notification that it will receive a grant for a digital camera system with accessories to assist with arson investigations by the fire marshal’s office. The presentation from Georgia Arson Control is set for Sept. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the headquarters station at 5435 Highway 20.

Georgia Arson Control Program Inc.  was formed in January 1979 by property/casualty insurers writing business in Georgia. With the cooperation of the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner as well as state and local law enforcement agencies, GAC set up a toll-free Arson Hotline with a rewards fund from which monetary rewards are given to individuals who come forward with information that results in the arrest and conviction of arsonists up to $10,000.

Earlier this year, the GAC Board approved offering a Fire Investigation Equipment Grant designed to put needed equipment into the hands of fire investigators in Georgia. GAC believes that by helping to provide fire investigators with needed equipment, they will better be able to serve their communities.

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Among Brian Kemp’s latest 20 appointments to the Georgia Tourism Foundation are:

  • O’Brien

    Mark O’Brien, president and CEO of LakePoint Sports. The 1,300-acre campus features eight Major League-sized baseball fields, three multi-use fields for soccer, lacrosse, and football, a 170,000-square-foot Indoor Pavilion with 12 basketball courts that convert to 24 volleyball courts. He has more than two decades of executive leadership for some of the most globally recognizable brands, including Mizuno USA and Mizuno Canada, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, The Original Honey Baked Ham Company, Johnsonville Sausage, and Miller Brewing Company (now MillerCoors). After graduating from St. Norbert College, where he played on the baseball team, he went on to earn his master’s in sports management from Georgia Southern University. O’Brien boasts a diverse array of experience in the sports industry, including several years in minor league baseball that culminated in a role as general manager. He also worked in sports marketing and branding for the NBA’s Houston Rockets, assisting with the franchise’s brand partnerships. During his time with GMR Marketing, his work focused on customer engagement and experiential marketing for one of the top global sports entertainment and experiential marketing agencies.

  • David Friederich, president of Barnsley Resort. He oversees all operations of the 3,000-acre estate, including meetings, weddings, outdoor activities, events, restaurants and catering, 150 guest rooms and suites at the cottages and new Inn, and overall guest satisfaction. Friederich previously serves as Managing Director of The Whitley in Buckhead, formerly The Ritz-Carlton. Friederich has over 30 years of management experience in the hospitality industry, including six years as general manager of The Cloister Hotel at Sea Island and various senior leadership roles with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
  • State Sen. Bruce Thompson, R-Cartersville,who represents Georgia’s 14th Senate District. Thompson is the Chairman of the Senate Economic Development and Tourism Committee.
  • See the complete release here.
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