Press Releases

November 7, 2008 - The City of Cartersville was recently recognized in a special edition of Forbes Magazine on becoming a Platinum Start! Fit Friendly Company.

January 12, 2009 - GMA and the Georgia Cities Foundation will again be exploring the “Heart & Soul” of nine Georgia cities on a three-day bus tour in April. The bus tour, April 15-17, 2009, will include Dallas, Rockmart, Rome, Calhoun, Cartersville, Canton, Dahlonega, Toccoa and Duluth.

January 22nd, 2009 - City of Cartersville Fire Department Receives Federal Grant for $17,378, for a project that will cost $18,292.

February 24th, 2009 - The City of Cartersville is getting ready to conduct the fourth citizen survey, lead once again by the National Research Center, Inc. (NRC) in Boulder, Colorado. NRC is a leading research and evaluation firm; their focus includes non-profit agencies and local governments.

March 10th, 2009 - As of March 4th, the State of Georgia modified water restrictions, allowing City of Cartersville water customers with even addresses to water on Saturday from midnight to 10 a.m., and odd addresses can water on Sunday from midnight to 10 a.m. This allows the use of sprinklers, car washing, and anything except the washing of hard surfaces, such as driveways or sidewalks on the designated weekend days.

March 26th, 2009 - Public Works has reworked the solid waste collection schedule beginning the week of April 6th. Customers on 184 streets will be affected, and all customers will be notified prior to the schedule change.

April 7th, 2009 - The City of Cartersville will be hosting the annual Local Government EXPO on Wednesday, April 22nd. The event will take place in the parking lot in downtown Cartersville by the fountain from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

May 22nd, 2009 - The traffic signal on Cherokee Avenue at North Erwin Street, across from the old courthouse and adjacent to City Hall, will be put on flash and a 4-way stop installed on May 29th, 2009.

May 28th, 2009 - The City of Cartersville and Bartow County Fire Department will be hosting the ground breaking event for the new fire training facility located on Paga Mine Road. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 2nd at 2 p.m. The new facility will consist of two primary structures at this time…

June 16th, 2009 - The City of Cartersville is aware of the trying times many are facing right now due to the down economy. In an effort to make as many resources available as possible to the community, the City has added a link to their website at to the Bartow County Resource Directory.
Bartow County Resource Directory link

June 30th, 2009 - Local Firefighters from Cartersville Fire Department and Bartow County Fire Department were deployed overnight to assist the search operations of Atlanta Fire Department. Atlanta Fire Department, Georgia Homeland Security and the Georgia Mutual Aid Group requested the assistance of Georgia Search and Rescue (GSAR) Task Force 6 for search operations at the parking deck collapse incident located in Atlanta, Georgia. A major portion of a parking deck located on Spring Street in Atlanta suddenly collapsed on Monday resulting in multiple floors severely damaged. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=325

July 8th, 2009 - The City of Cartersville was one of only 18 local goverments that received a Center for Performance Measurement (Cp.m.) Certificate of Distinction for their continuing efforts in measuring and improving the local government performance. The Certificate of Distinction is one of Cp.m.’s three levels of recognition, and acknowledges the Cartersville’s efforts to incorporate performance data into decision-making. The data received through the Performance Measurement Program is then used by the City for training efforts and process improvement.

This certificate recognizes the hard work of all City employees, including the elected officials, City Manager, department staff and many others. The certificate presentation will take place as part of the Cp.m. Stakeholders Meeting on Sunday, September 13th at the ICMA Annual Conference in Quebec, Montreal, Canada. Here is the press release from the ICMA with additional information regarding the certificate. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=324

July 13th, 2009 - The City of Cartersville has been recognized with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. Awarded by the Government Financial Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada, Cartersville received this award for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year that ended June 30th,
2008. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=326

September 15th, 2009 - The names of two present employees of the City of Cartersville are being announced today to fill the positions of Fire Chief and City Clerk. Scott Carter, presently the Acting Fire Chief, and Connie Keeling, presently Acting City Clerk are both being announced as the only finalists under consideration to be appointed to the permanent positions of Fire Chief and City Clerk by the Cartersville City Council.

Janaury 28th, 2010 - The City of Cartersville Water Department would like to alert the residents of Cartersville regarding a water line replacement offer some have received from a company by the name of Home Services in Miami, Florida. It appears a mail service agreement contract has arrived in many mailboxes offering insurance for the water service line that goes between the meter and your home. For a monthly fee you can insure your line in the event it ever needs replaced. Please note: this is not a service the City of Cartersville is providing, nor does the City of Cartersville support or endorse this offer. When the company was contacted they could not answer questions regarding the local service provider who would do repair in the event of a failure, therefore the City is concerned that this offer may not be legitimate. Please use caution if considering this offer

February 5th, 2010 - Cartersville Fire Department wants you and your family to be safer and a key to this is making sure that you have proper house numbers posted for your residence. The ability for emergency responders to be able to locate the proper residence can be critical in a time of emergency. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=365

February 16th, 2010 - MEAG Power announces DOE Commitment in support of planned expansion of Plant Vogtle (press release from MEAG) - /DocumentView.aspx?DID=366

February 17th, 2010 - MEAG Power announces an approximately $2.53 billion bond program...(press release from MEAG) - /DocumentView.aspx?DID=367

February 22nd, 2010 - The Census 2010 form will be mailed to you soon, and local officials are working to make sure that everyone is counted. As you may know, the 2010 Census is more than just a population count. Census data is used to help set the number of congressional seats for each states and affects how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to tribal, state and local governments. Beginning in March, census forms will be delivered or mailed to households. Widespread completion of the 2010 Census form is essential to achieve an accurate count in 2010 and to ensure that the community receives the appropriate funding for vital services.

March 23, 2010 - The Metro Atlanta TIME (Traffic Incident Management Enhancement) Task Force is coming to the Cartersville/Bartow area. There is a growing problem nationwide with responders being struck by secondary accidents and there is millions of dollars lost each year due to blocked travel lanes in the Metro Atlanta area. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=384

April 29, 2010 - The City of Cartersville’s Planning and Development Department, along with the Cartersville Historic Preservation Commission, are excited to host the Historic Window and Door Maintenance and Repair Workshop on Saturday, June 12. Activities and discussions will include basic window and door parts, problems that cause need for repair, and tools for the job. In addition, there will be demonstrations and hands-on opportunities to repair window panes and frames, cut and install glass, re-string window weights, repair door hinges, basic finishing tips and much more. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=383

May 5, 2010 - The City of Cartersville is proud to announce, after a successful trial period, the launching of the web based Citizen Request Tracker. Located on the City’s website at, this tool gives citizens the opportunity to report issues wherever and whenever they like, eliminating a trip or call to the local government office. From code enforcement concerns to re-zoning applications, individuals can make a variety of requests through the City’s website; in the event a request category is not available, citizens can even make new recommendations. Once submitted, the item goes directly to the appropriate City staff member who can work to meet the needs of the specific request. The progress of the item can then be tracked online by the submitting individual. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=386

May 10, 2010 - Even with Code Enforcement officers continually monitoring the city, not every violation or concern is visible; therefore, your attention to detail is always appreciated and can help make our city much safer and more attractive. It has been brought to our attention that the current foreclosure and vacant housing problems have left some yards unsafe if no one is maintaining the property, particularly yards with pools. Pools must be secured with a required barrier such as a fence. Pools, when left un-maintained, can create safety and health concerns. If you see any abandoned pools that need attention, please contact the City of Cartersville Code Enforcement Department. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=388

May 19, 2010 - The City of Cartersville Fire Department will be partnering with the City of Cartersville Water Department over the next several weeks as the fire hydrant testing process begins for 2010. What to expect: /DocumentView.aspx?DID=390

June 28, 2010 - With the start of summer, people’s attention turns to pool parties, cookouts, and fireworks. The legalizing of sparkler’s and other spark emitting fireworks may give people the feeling that legal fireworks are safe. Though legal in the state of Georgia, sparklers still need to be handled with caution. A handheld sparkler burns at over 1200 degrees, enough to cause a third degree burn. In addition to the possibility of burns, sparklers may cause grass or house fires. In fact more fires are reported on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. More than half of these fires are caused by fireworks. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=405

July 23, 2010 - The City of Cartersville is concerned about the damage that many homes and businesses may have received as a result of the storm that came through on Sunday, July 18th. As a result, the City is working to evaluate the damage that was done. Therefore, the City will be conducting a survey using the Connect CTY telephone system on Sunday evening. The survey will ask if residents and businesses experienced flooding above the electrical outlets and damage exceeding $5,000. For those that have received this level of damage, they will be asked to call the City offices at 770.387.5616 Monday and answer a few additional questions so the City can better determine where and how much damage was experienced. The community’s participation with this survey is greatly appreciated.

July 27, 2010
- The City of Cartersville Fire Department is hosting Family Fire Safety Night this Thursday, July 29, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The event will take place in the Publix parking lot between Main Street and U.S. 41. The fire safety house, a fire truck, safety literature and clowns will all be on-site. Additionally, smoke detectors will be given away every 15 minutes and fire extinguishers every 30 minutes. Come out and celebrate fire safety with your Cartersville Fire Department.

August 17, 2010 - Cartersville Fire Chief Scott Carter has been elected as President of the Georgia State Firefighters Association (GSFA). The Georgia State Firefighters Association is the largest and oldest Fire Service Organization in Georgia with over five-thousand members. The membership is comprised of all ranks from firefighters to Chief Officers; career and volunteer, with an emphasis placed on improving and promoting the fire service profession here in Georgia. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=414

September 23, 2010 - October 3rd through 9th proclaimed "Fire Prevention Week." /DocumentView.aspx?DID=418

October 14, 2010 - In an effort to better educate the community about crime prevention, Mayor Matt Santini has declared October 18-24, 2010 as Crime Prevention Week. This week is a joint effort between the community and law enforcement. The Police Department knows how important it is that residents of Cartersville remain alert and responsive when crime is taking place. Therefore, the SCAN (Stop Crime Activity Now) program has been implemented which challenges citizens to continually be aware of what is happening around them and report anything suspicious. By simply calling 911, the initiative has been taken to make our community a safer place. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=432

November 15, 2010 - In September, the Cartersville City Council voted to approve revisions to the Zoning Ordinance, including changes in the list of new allowed commercial uses. The changes are based on the 2030 Comprehensive Plan, research of other comparable Georgia cities, City Attorney comments, input from the Zoning Ordinance stakeholders committee, and comments from the Planning Commission and City Council. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=447

November 18, 2010 - Each year during the holidays we look forward to that perfectly prepared turkey waiting on the dinner table, like so many magazines and television commercials portray. Unfortunately, since most of us do not have the cooking talents, that dream is not always a reality. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=448

January 4, 2011 - The City of Cartersville Water Department has a couple of water and sewer line projects currently taking place that will involve the closing of some roads. First, the old sewer main is being replaced under the Church Street bridge. Tomorrow the intersection of Church Street and Gilmer Street will be closed so they can replace two man holes. Then on Sunday, the section of Church Street under the bridge will be closed for just a few hours starting around 8 AM. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=454

January 18, 2011 - Cartersville officials were recently notified that businesses and industries in two newly State-designated areas, known as Opportunity Zones, are now eligible for significant job tax credits. In late December, Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty notified Mayor Matt Santini that the City’s application for this tax credit program was approved. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=449

January 24, 2011
- CSX will be replacing the railroad track running behind the Shaw Industries plant on West Ave/State Route 113 all the way through Stilesboro Road. As a result, the railroad crossing located on Burnt Hickory Road, at the intersection of Douthit Ferry Road and West Ave/SR 113, will be closed on Monday, January 31st and Tuesday, February 1st. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=450

February 3, 2011 - Cartersville Electric System has received a GEFA Grant through the Electric Cities of Georgia. The Grant program, named Green Street, is funded through the Georgia State Energy Program and is administered by GEFA for a Residential Energy Efficiency program. In all, ECG received $500,000 in funding and Cartersville Electric System received $38,300 of that funding. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=451

February 8, 2011
- Local Firefighters were recently recognized during ceremonies at the State Capitol in Atlanta, as part of the 39th annual Firefighters Recognition Day. Firefighters from City of Cartersville Fire Department and Bartow County Fire Department were in attendance along with others from around the State. Resolutions were presented to the group by the House, the Senate, the Office of Insurance Commissioner and Governor Nathan Deal. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=452

February 14, 2011 - Keep Bartow Beautiful will be partnering with Bartow Master Gardeners, Georgia Forestry Commission, and a host of other community partners to celebrate Georgia’s Arbor Day on Friday, February 18. Celebrating both Valentine’s Day and National Heart Month, the theme is “Garden with Heart-Plant a Tree.” /DocumentView.aspx?DID=453

March 21, 2011-City of Cartersville Electric System is one of 82 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®)[1] recognition from the American Public Power Association for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. For entire press release click here: /DocumentView.aspx?DID=457 April 28, 2011 - The City of Cartersville Fire Department will be partnering with the City of Cartersville Water Department over the next several weeks as the fire hydrant testing process begins for 2011. Since hydrants do not get used on a regular basis, testing the hydrants helps identify any problems so they can be corrected, saving the Fire Department valuable time in the event of a fire. Accurate and current hydrant flow data also effects the communities insurance rating that has a direct bearing on the cost of residential and commercial insurance policies. Common problems include obstruction by shrubs, out of service valves, caps that cannot be removed, inadequate water pressure, insufficient water supply or broken lines. Testing of fire hydrants also has a long-term benefit, as it reduces iron deposits in the water system. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=485

May 17, 2011 - The Cartersville Fire Department and Bartow County Fire
Department will be having their yearly Give Burns the Boot drive May 19th through May 21st. They will be taking donations from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday. Locations will include: the intersection of Church and North Erwin Streets, Ingles at 825 West Avenue and Wal-mart at 101 Market Place Boulevard. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=486

May 19, 2011 - In these hard economic times there has been an increase in thefts of all kinds. Everyone is aware of the huge problem with copper thefts but the latest problem seems to be aimed at brass, specifically fire department connections for fire sprinkler systems (a photo of these connections has been attached). These connections are easy targets but could come with a real price for the unsuspecting occupants of these buildings. Without the fire department connections, the fire department cannot supplement the fire sprinkler system with their trucks. This could be a serious problem if a fire exceeds the sprinkler system capability, resulting in the total loss of the structure or even worse, injury or death to the occupants of these structures. These thieves are seriously jeopardizing the lives of the occupants and therefore, could suffer serious legal ramifications.

May 19, 2011 - Recently, the Atlanta Fire Department realized that they had distributed 18,000 counterfeit smoke alarms in the last five years. The Atlanta Fire Department purchased these detectors from a distributor and was unaware that they were counterfeit smoke alarms that had not been tested and listed by Underwriters Laboratories. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=488

May 19, 2011 - First Lady Obama Designates Cartersville as a Preserve America Community /DocumentView.aspx?DID=489

July 26, 2011 - Cartersville, GA - The City of Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department’s lifeguards participated in a lifeguard competition and placed in the top 10 of the state-wide match. Thirteen lifeguards attended the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association lifeguard event held at Old Salam Park at Lake Oconee on July 25th. The lifeguards competed against other agency lifeguards from all around the state of Georgia. Competition events included: a written exam, skills test over CPR and first aid, rescues, capture the flag and a triathlon. Lifeguards from Cartersville included: Adam Brawner, Josh Downer, Hillary Harris, Kaitlin Kinney, Ashley Merchant, Heather McCallister, Sid McCallister, Hunter Myrick, Zach Naelitz, Perry Siniard, Shane Walters, Emily Williams and Orry Young. Congratulations. If you have any questions regarding this competition please contact Kristin Strickland with the City of Cartersville Parks and Recreation at 770-607-6527.

Washington, DC, August 3, 2011-The International City/County ManagementAssociation (ICMA) is pleased to announce that the City of Cartersville is being recognized for superior performance management efforts with a Certificate of Excellence from the ICMA Center for Performance Measurement™ (Cp.m.). Cartersville is among 28 jurisdictions receiving the honor this year. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=503

August, 17, 2011 - The Justice Department has approved the new voting ward/district map for the City of Cartersville. Due to the numbers obtained from the 2010 U.S. Census, the majority of wards have experienced some minor changes. As a result, new voter registration cards will be mailed out to all registered voters over the next few weeks. In addition to checking the assigned ward, each individual should check the voting location on their card. Those with ward changes may have a voting location change. For public convenience, the new voting district map has been placed on the City’s home webpage at Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Voter Registration Office at (770)387-5098.

August 29, 2011 - The City of Cartersville Electric System has sent utility crews to turn the lights back on in North Carolina.

Hurricane Irene caused damage all along the east coast over the weekend and the City of Cartersville deployed crews Sunday to Robersonville, North Carolina and surrounding communities, to assist municipal utilities with repairs to poles and lines affected by the storm. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=532

September 1, 2011 - On Friday, August 26th, Gov. Nathan Deal announced more than $38.8 million in federal assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was awarded to the state’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The State Community Development Block Grant program is a financial resource for Georgia’s smaller and rural communities that strives to create jobs by supporting local projects. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=534

September 6, 2011 - The City of Cartersville was excited to see they were recently selected by Blue Ridge Country Magazine as one of 16 Friendliest Towns. The magazine went out in search of these hometowns using unscientific polling; interesting enough, all of the winners were located in or near mountains. Knowing many people love their hometown, the recognized towns were places where the love for the community continually came back to the people that live there, the history, scenery or all of them together. For the complete article you can visit

October 8, 2011 -What’s the best way to protect your family from fire? Be ahead of the game, of course. With more than 360,000 home fires reported in the United States in 2009, according to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), your best defense is a good offense. That’s why Cartersville Fire Department is teaming up with NFPA during the October 9-15, 2011, to let our community know: “It’s Fire Prevention Week. Protect your Family from Fire!” This year’s campaign focuses on preventing the leading causes of home fires -- cooking, heating and electrical equipment, as well as candles and smoking materials. Additionally, it urges people to protect their homes and families with life-saving technology and planning. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=533

September 23, 2011 - The groundbreaking for the new City of Cartersville Public Safety Headquarters is scheduled for Monday, October 3 at 9 a.m. The event will take place at 195 Cassville Road, the location of the new headquarters. This facility is being funded by 2007 SPLOST dollars and is expected to be completed by September 2012.

The City selected Dennis Graham Commercial Contractors and Potts Construction as the construction manager for the project and over a dozen local subcontractors have been awarded work on this facility. The new 55,168 square foot facility will be a LEED Silver building and will house the City of Cartersville Police Department and Fire Station #1. For further information contact Dan Porta at 770-387-5672.

November 1, 2011 - Sunday, November 6, 2011 daylight savings time ends. The Cartersville Fire Department would like to remind everyone to take this time to change the batteries in their smoke alarms. In the event of a fire, a properly installed and maintained smoke alarm can save your life and those of your loved ones. Smoke alarms are a very important means of preventing home fire fatalities by providing an early warning signal so you and your family can escape. They are one of the best safety devices you can buy and install to protect yourself, your family, and your home. You can prevent tragedies simply by testing and maintaining your smoke alarms and practicing a fire escape plan. All smoke alarms in your house should be tested once a month and their batteries replaced at least annually or as indicated by the manufacturer’s instructions. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=530

March 22, 2012 - For the second year in a row, the City of Cartersville and The Home Depot will be holding the Spring Event & Local Government EXPO at the Cartersville Home Depot. The event will take place on Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in The Home Depot parking lot. In addition to approximately fifty vendors, your City departments will be out there to answer any questions you might have about their roles in the community.

Dave FM will be at the event, along with food provided by Slopes BBQ. Fun for the kids will include the Kids’ Workshop, Homer on site and a scavenger hunt; there will also be many free giveaways and some great prizes to register to win. Join us for this event and gather the spring tips for your home and learn about your local government. Don’t miss it!
April 3, 2012 - ATCO Clean-up 2012 -Organizers from Keep Bartow Beautiful, the City of Cartersville, and other groups invite volunteers to help clean up ATCO on Saturday, April 21st.
Each April, Great American Clean-up events are held nationwide as part of Earth Day celebrations. ATCO was the site of the successful Cartersville Great American Clean-up event in 2011, and organizers hope to have an even better effort in 2012. /DocumentView.aspx?DID=572

May 1, 2012 - Municipal Clerk's Week - Attached is a link regarding Municipal Clerk’s Week that is taking place this week. Connie Keeling, our City Clerk, was present at this proclamation signing.

May 17, 2012 - Cartersville Electric System competed in this Georgia Lineman’s Rodeo on Saturday, May 5 at the Chehaw Park in Albany, Georgia. Cartersville’s team did exceptionally well this year with two second place awards, which included the Municipal Division for Journeyman Event A-3 Suspension Bell Change Out 25 KV, and the Municipal Division for Division Journeyman Awards.

August 21, 2012 - Certificate of Achievement for Excellent in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Cartersville by the Government Finance Officers Association. /DocumentCenter/View/1256
January 7, 2013 - The Water Department will begin work today, January 7, upgrading the water lines on Tennessee Street between Church Street and Howard Street. This work will take place over a three week period and all surrounding businesses have been notified. No traffic delays are expected and any water outages will take place after business hours. The improvements are part of the Tennessee Street project and are taking place at this time due to the Walgreens addition on the corner of Tennessee and Church Street. Please call 770-387-5653 with any questions.

January 7, 2013 - Stormwater runoff is rainwater that runs off of rooftops, lawns, driveways and streets in our neighborhoods. As it flows, it picks up dirt, leaves and grass clippings, pesticides and fertilizers, oil and grease, harmful bacteria, toxic chemicals, litter and other contaminants. All of these pollutants are carried by stormwater into storm drains and ultimately into our streams and rivers. /DocumentCenter/View/1353