Rock­mart kick­ing off sum­mer with Fri­day block party

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - From staff re­ports

The l at­est block party i n Rock­mart is com­ing up this Fri­day as lo­cal re­tail­ers get ready to re­group this month af­ter be­ing rained out in early May.

This month’s theme is cen­tered around the be­gin­ning of sum­mer, and lo­cal re­tail­ers who are or­ga­niz­ing the event are en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to come out and have some “Sum­mer­time Fun.”

Jeri Purdy, who helps put to­gether the event, said that there will be plenty of fam­ily-friendly op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­joy at this month’s event, with the weather at press time promis­ing to co­op­er­ate with only slight chances for show­ers and mostly cloudy skies called for in the fore­cast.

Re­tail­ers along South Mar­ble Street in Rock­mart will also be open later for the event as the street gets closed off, Purdy said. But find­ing a din­ing choice and shop­ping op­por­tu­ni­ties are just part of the event.

Lo­cal youth will have a chance to show off their artis­tic skills with a paint party fea­tur­ing wa­ter­mel­ons in­stead of Jack-o-Lanterns be­ing or­ga­nized by Rachel Bul­lock, and mu­sic this month is be­ing pro­vided by Them Nixon Boys, Purdy said.

The kick­off block party set for May 5 was called off due to un­sea- son­ably cool and wet weather and had been planned as a Cinco de Mayo-style cel­e­bra­tion.

With sum­mer right around the cor­ner, this month’s theme is meant to help lo­cal res­i­dents get into the spirit of warmer weather and time off to spend with fam­ily and friends.

Purdy said those in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in fu­ture block par­ties can get in touch by find­ing her on Face­book, or leav­ing a mes­sage through this month’s event list­ing.

De­ci­sion in shoot­ing death

com­ing this sum­mer

The shoot­ing of an Aragon man in March by a Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol­man dur­ing a traf­fic stop re­mains in the hands of the Tal­lapoosa Cir­cuit Dis­trict At­tor­ney, who said he ex­pects to make a de­ci­sion early this sum­mer.

Dis­trict At­tor­ney Jack Browning said he was wait­ing to get some more in­for­ma­tion from the Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion and have a full case file on his desk be­fore he made any de­ci­sions about the case.

Now that he has that in­for­ma­tion, he said that de­ci­sion will be com­ing soon.

How­ever, he pointed out the case has also taken time to work out due to his busy sched­ule in court and trav­el­ing between Har­al­son and Polk coun­ties as well as wait­ing for in­for­ma­tion to come back from the GBI.

Browning s aid he had no com­ment on whether the case would be head­ing to a grand jury.

The GB I was brought into in­ves­ti­gate the shoot­ing death of Ja­son Den­nis Watkins, 36, of Aragon by a Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol of­fi­cer who had stopped Watkins on Fish Creek Road af­ter a chase.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by the GBI at the time of the shoot­ing, Watkins is al­leged to have tried to ac­cel­er­ate for­ward, and dur­ing the in­ci­dent Trooper Johnathan Ma­son shot Watkins.

Watkins was pro­nounced dead at 12:55 a.m. on March 18.

GSP troop­ers had been work­ing in Polk County and con­duct­ing a DUI pa­trol in the county fol­low­ing a Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice of High­way Safety road block with lo­cal law en­force­ment agen­cies the pre­vi­ous night that brought in sev­eral ar­rests.

Watkins is al­leged to have fled from of­fi­cers when they first tried to stop him, and when he did stop he later tried to flee again af­ter an uniden­ti­fied pas­sen­ger got out of the ve­hi­cle at the cor­ner of Col­lard Val­ley Road and Old Col­lard Val­ley Road.

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