Collins Welcomes Inauguration of President Trump

WASHINGTON—Upon the inauguration of the forty-fifth President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, Congressman Doug Collins issued the following statement:

“This presidential inauguration represents more than a celebration of an individual person or party, era or idea. While the peaceful transfer of power testifies to the success of the experiment known as American democracy, this inauguration also underscores the character uniting the citizens of our Republic.

“Our nation was built on principles of universal human dignity and inalienable rights, and our nation stands or falls based on their endurance. I’ve witnessed individuals from both sides of the aisle taking the oath of the presidency, and I’ve seen during these transitions that Americans have an unmatched capacity for humility and mutual respect, regardless of differences in political philosophy. We continue to believe that our fellow men and women have inherent, unquestionable worth, and we draw on this confidence to chart a brighter path forward.

“Americans have chosen President Donald J. Trump to lead us into this new chapter, which I believe will be marked by relief from policies that stifle American creativity, growth, and freedom and by investment in the people who have trusted one another—through the democratic process—to make America greater than she has ever been before.

“I look forward to working with President Trump and Vice President Pence to that end.”

Cherokee County Deputies Recognized by Cherokee County Commission

Photo from left to right: (front row) Sheriff Frank Reynolds, Deputies James Stauf, Brian Lonberg and Michael Creeden. (second row) Deputies John Bennett and Aaron Foust, Corporal Dawn Burkart and Deputy Arnold McCall. (third row) Deputy Henry Castle, Lieutenant Mark Anderson, Corporal Joseph Arena and Deputies Robert Arrieta and Jose Burgos. (back row) Deputies Jessica Hart and Nathanial Parker and Sergeant Eric Britt.

Fifteen deputies were recognized at Tuesday’s Cherokee County Commission meeting at the Bluffs in Canton for going above and beyond their everyday service to the community.

Deputies Jessica Hart, Arnold McCall, Jose Burgos, Henry Castle, John Bennett, James Stauf and Brian Lonberg received Life Saving medals. Lieutenant Mark Anderson, Sergeant Eric Britt, Corporals Dawn Burkhart and Joseph Arena and Deputies Michael Creeden, Robert Arrieta, John Bennett, Aaron Foust and Nathanial Parker received Sheriff’s Commendation Awards.

Sheriff Frank Reynolds pinned their medals on their uniforms in front of the Cherokee County Commissioners and the public attending the meeting.


Rep. Loudermilk Reintroduces Bill to Preserve Historical Property at Kennesaw Mountain

Washington D.C. (January 18, 2017) | Rep. Loudermilk (R-GA) has reintroduced a bill to preserve a historic piece of property at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

“Our nation has long recognized the importance of preserving historic sites, especially those battlefields where Americans fought and died for freedom,” said Rep. Loudermilk. “Sites such as Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park allow us to look back in time to get a glimpse of the events that shaped our nation. It is extremely important that we understand our history; otherwise, we will be destined to repeat the mistakes of our past. This bill, which I introduced in the last Congress, aims to preserve our nation’s heritage right here in the district I’m privileged to represent.”

The Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Boundary Adjustment Act, H.R. 558, modifies the boundary of the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Georgia to include approximately eight acres identified as Wallis House and Harriston Hill. The legislation will authorize the National Park Service to acquire the property through donation.

U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) sponsored this legislation in the Senate, and it is co-sponsored by seven other Georgia members of the House of Representatives.

Senator Isakson said, “I’m proud to again introduce this legislation, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives during the last Congress. By adding the Wallis House and Harriston Hill, we will expand the park’s boundaries and add to the historical significant of the park, as these locations provided key strategic key positions for both Confederate and Union troops during the Battle on Kennesaw.”

“The addition of the Wallis House and Harriston Hill will give visitors a full picture of the historical significance of this battleground,” said Senator Perdue. “I’m proud to join my fellow Georgians in working to preserve our state’s history.”


Built by Josiah Wallis in 1853 and occupied by his family until the Civil War, the Wallis House was used as a hospital by the Confederate Army. During the Atlanta Campaign, the Wallis House was used as the headquarters for Union General William T. Sherman during the Battle of Kolb’s Farm. The house was also used as the headquarters for Union General Oliver O. Howard during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain – the last major battle leading to the fall of Atlanta. Adjacent to the Wallis House is the 5.5-acre Harriston Hill, which was used by General Howard as a signaling position and offered a sweeping view of the valley leading to the Confederate line atop Kennesaw Mountain.