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Ron Morris Jr. has always seen himself as a visionary. After a career in radio he decided to go back to school to achieve something more. Listen as Ron talks about attending classes, what led him to Clean Air America and as well as his personal life! It is because we see Ron as one of the next leaders in Floyd County we honor him as this week`s Coosa Valley News Person of the Week!

  • House of Dreams to host Easter Service - The House O’ Dreams at Berry College will host Easter Sunday service at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Berry College Chaplin Jon Huggins is preaching and the Mount Berry Church worship band will lead music. Buses will start at 6 p.m. to shuttle people from the Frost Chapel parking lot to the House O’ Dreams where refreshments will be provided during the service.
  • Rome ACC to Hear Noise Complaints for Bar - The Rome Alcohol Control Commission will meet Monday to discuss noise complaints from El Patron Sports Bar on Redmond Circle. This marks the fourth time the bar will go before the commission due to complaints from residents that live near the establishment.
  • 14 Bartow Organizations Split $48K Donation - The Cartersville Service League recently donated over $48,000 to 14 local organizations. The CSL is made up of 43 Bartow County women, who serve six-year terms and perform at least 60 hours per year of community service. The organizations funding is from 97 percent private funding.
  • Wreck Kills 2, injures 2 others - Two people, Cynthia Baltazar, 35, and Emily Brook McIntosh, 30, both of Carrollton, were killed during a late Friday wreck near the Floyd and Polk County line. Georgia State Patrol officials said that a Suzuki Sidekick SUV carrying the two victims along with two others, crossed over onto oncoming traffic striking a a logging truck. The two other passengers were ejected and transferred to local hospitals where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.
  • Officers Find Drugs, Open Container During Search - David Michael Brinkley, 35 of Rome, was jailed over the weekend after police discovered suspected methamphetamine and scales in his car. Reports said that officers were dispatched to Tamassee Lane Apartments following a call from a security guard reporting a suspicious person in a parked vehicle. When they arrived they found Brinkley in his car and detected the smell of alcohol along with spotting an open container of beer.
  • Silver Creek Woman Charged with Child Molestation - Amanda Marie Master, 30 of Silver Creek, was arrested on Thursday on four counts of child molestation. The alleged incidents occurred between March 2012 and July 2013 to victims under the age of 10.
  • 8 Inmates Now Part of Pilot Prison Program - Floyd County Prison was selected by the Georgia Department of Corrections to be one of three pilot programs in the State`s Re-entry Initiative. The program enables offenders to become more employable and prepared to hopefully reduce the rates of recidivism by providing employment opportunities and cognitive and rehabilitative training to eligible inmates. As a selected site for this program, Floyd County Prison is receiving eight offenders, who were adjudicated and are from Floyd County, for the Re-entry Initiative on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
  • Coroner`s Office Identifies Man Killed on Bicycle - The Floyd County Coroner’s office has confirmed that the man killed on a bicycle this week on Highway 411 was that of 33 year-old John Eric Gaines. Police said that Gaines was stuck by a 2009 Kia Spectra near Hine Road. Police said that Gaines was riding his bicycle in the outer lane going toward Cartersville.
  • Police Arrest 2, Find Drugs, Gun, Infant Child - Two Rome men, Daniel Vonne Burge, 24, and Hector Raul Hernandez-Guerra, 18, were arrested Thursday and charged after officers found drugs, a loaded gun and a young child in their car. Police said that they pulled over the suspect`s car at the intersection of Cherry Street and Magnolia Avenue. During a search they located methamphetamine, marijuana, and prescription medication in the car, along with a .32-caliber revolver, small plastic bags and a scale.
  • Man Threatens to Kill Wife, Breaks into Home - Terrence Edwin Howard, 44 of Rome, was arrested after police said he allegedly broke into his estranged wife`s home and threatened to kill a man and his wife. Reports said officers were responding to the domestic call when they found Howard and his estranged wife in a car. Once officers pulled up Howard fled on foot, but was later caught. Reports went on to say that when he was caught he is quoted to tell his estranged wife, `you are dead.` Police located a loaded Glock 23 handgun in the area where Howard had been.
  • Rome Rec. to Have Youth Indoor Football League - The Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority and Georgia Fire are partnering to introduce Youth Indoor Football to Rome. The program will offer 8 on 8 indoor youth tackle football for ages 9 -10 and 11 -12 at the Rome Forum. All youth participants will receive a season ticket to the Georgia Fire home games. A minimum of five officiated games will be held June 1, 7, 14, 28 and 29. The championship game will be held June 29. Only 72 participants are allowed per age division. Players will be evaluated May 11 at 2 PM at Barron Stadium. The team draft will be held Wednesday, May 14. All games will be held at the Rome Forum.
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  • Political Forum Open to the Public - WRGA News and Georgia Highlands College will host at political forum for candidates for the Floyd County Board of Education and the Floyd County Commission which is open to the public. The event will be held Thursday, April 24 from 6pm – 10pm.
  • Pennington Calls out Deal, Ethics Reform Plan - Republican candidate for Governor David Pennington slammed Nathan Deal on ethics, taxes, education and the economy at a press conference directly outside of the Governor`s Office door Wednesday. Pennington also challenged Deal to either debate these issues or drop out of the race and compared Deal to Richard Nixon in the following prepared statement, `History has a way of repeating itself. Richard Nixon so poisoned the well for Republicans that the nation elected Jimmy Carter as President. Now 40 years later, Nathan Deal is so poisoning the well for Georgia Republicans that Jimmy Carter`s grandson could be Georgia`s next governor.`
  • Public Political Rally this Saturday in Rome - The Rome TEA Party will host a GET OUT THE VOTE RALLY on Saturday, April 26th from 11:00 until 3:00 at the Anthony Recreation Center 2901 Garden Lakes Boulevard. The Rally will feature entertainment, games, food,music and candidate and special guest speakers. All candidates are invited including Floyd County commission and education board candidates, Floyd legislative candidates, candidates for state school superintendent, governor, and U.S. Senate. Keynote speakers will inspire to get out and vote and vote smart.
  • Bill increasing rural health care providers Signed - Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law House Bill 998, legislation that will expand the Georgia Medical Student Scholarship program and increase the number of practice opportunities for health care providers in rural areas. `Georgia’s Medical Student Scholarship program allows for us to retain our best and brightest medical doctors while also increasing access to quality medical care in Georgia’s most rural areas,` Deal said. `No medical student educated in Georgia should find themselves without job opportunities in their home state after graduation. It’s through programs like this that we improve the quality of life in rural communities, create much-needed jobs and set the foundation for further growth in our primary and specialized health care systems.`
  • Deal signs bills assisting veterans, family - Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law legislation that allows any court with jurisdiction over criminal cases to establish veterans court divisions (Senate Bill 320). The bill, signed during a visit to the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, addresses the specialized treatment needs of veterans and aims to ensure that their re-entry into society is systematic, seamless and successful. `Georgia is a true military state, with more than 700,000 veterans calling it home,` said Deal. `It is our duty to give our wholehearted support to these brave men and women who so willingly and courageously put our security before their own. This legislation will provide veterans an alternative to the traditional justice system when impairments, often beyond their control, affect their transition back into society.`
  • Deal ensures teachers have say on health insurance - Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday signed an executive order that requires the Department of Community Health to include a teacher representative in the State Health Benefit Plan invitation for proposals process. `The state regularly seeks bids and contracts with vendors for the State Health Benefit Plan, which covers 650,000 Georgians, so that our employees receive the high-quality coverage they need for their families,` Deal said. `Teachers and their dependents comprise the largest group of SHBP members, and they deserve to have a strong voice in this process. This executive order accomplishes that.
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Its time for week of Rome`s Extreme Fitness Makeover! Ten people have a chance to change their lives forever. Watch as CVN goes inside the Rome Athletic Club`s 12 week challenge. Find out the lastest on how 10 of the hardest working individuals did this week! Check back every Sunday - Tuesday for your chance to watch! Also visit our the Coosa Valley News Youtube page for previous episodes!

  • 8 Year Sentence After Threats to Judge`s Family - James Edward Satterfield, 59 of Cobb County, was sentenced to eight years in prison after a jury convicted him of two counts of terroristic threats with intent to retaliate and three counts of terroristic threats. Reports said that Satterfield threatened to kill and eat a judge`s children.
  • Atl. Mayor, City Has Multiple Offers for Ted - According to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, the city has received numerous officers to purchase Turner Field after the Braves leave for Cobb County. He added that the city has received two to four offers on the 77-acre property, declining to give details. He did say that he has been in talks with Georgia State University and a nearby school that has `some internet` in the property.
  • Human Remains Found in Marietta - Cobb County police said that human remains were discovered near Marietta this week. Authorities added that they were located near the intersection of Cranfill Road and Joyner Avenue and reported to police.
  • Duo Faces Over 140 Charges from Thefts - Atlanta police have discovered that two people, Cortez Benjamin and Cherie Miller, who were arrested for stealing wallets is wanted in several other counties. The duo was arrested in Atlanta for stealing a woman`s purse from a Midtown restaurant. Now police believe that the two did the crime over and over by targeting customers throughout metro Atlanta. Police added that the pair will have over 140 charges against them.
  • 2 More Atlanta Principals Announce Resignations - Two Atlanta School principals announced their resignations this week. North Atlanta High School Principal Howard `Gene` Taylor and Sutton Middle School Principal Audrey Sofianos announced that they will step down this summer. With their resignations Atlanta Public Schools is looking to fill close to 20 principal positions before next school year.
  • Granddaughter Arrested ForScheming Thousands - Kimberly Leona McNeese, 24 of Ringgold, landed herself in jail for the second time this year after a scheme in which she allegedly stole thousands of dollars from her grandparents. This week she was charged with two counts of exploitation of an elderly person, theft by deception, two counts of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana (more than an ounce), possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of a Schedule IV drug.
  • OSHA Forms Alliance with Georgia Organizations - The U.S. Department of Labor`s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has formed an alliance with several organizations in Atlanta to provide employers and workers in the construction industry with information, guidance and training to prevent overexposure to crystalline silica dust. The agreement was signed by OSHA, the Georgia Tech Research Institute`s Occupational Safety and Health Division, Brasfield & Gorrie LLC, the Georgia Local Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers on Tuesday, April 15.
  • Atlanta Teen Charged with Killing Grandmother - Atlanta authorities have confirmed that 76-year-old Mary Price was killed from multiple stab wounds to her head and torso. The grandmother’s 14 year-old grandson was charged with the murder. She was found stabbed to death inside her home Friday after the grandson showed up at school wearing clothes covered in blood.
  • Conservation Organization eam Up for Quail - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its meeting today near Tallahassee announced a partnership with three other conservation organizations to help the northern bobwhite (quail) and youth shooting programs in Florida and Georgia. The four partners are the FWC, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Wildlife Resources Division (GADNR), Quail Forever and Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy.
  • Interim President Named at Gwinnett Tech. College - Ron Jackson, Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, has appointed David H. Welden to serve as interim president of Gwinnett Technical College (GTC), following the May 1 retirement of GTC President Sharon Bartels. Welden is currently Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration at GTC.
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I just love college football spring games. If you know me then you know I took the first opportunity to take my newborn daughter, Georgia, to her first experience `between the hedges` last Saturday. Talk about a surreal moment for this old man. I had always wondered what it would be like to take my baby to Sanford to bask in the sunshine, and it didn`t disappoint. Watching her face as she saw the colors and heard the excitement of the band was absolutely worth a million dollars. It also made this old man smile when almost every single one of the cheerleaders stopped what they were doing to come over and check out my precious little girl.

So what did we learn about the Dawgs during their last `practice` before things start to get real. Hutson Mason looks ready. With the SEC`s top teams pretty much all replacing their starting QB`s this could be Georgia`s chance. The senior QB waited his turn and with the two games he started last year should be more than ready for Clemson on August 30. Defensive Coordinator Jeremy Pruitt didn`t show off much of his playbook, but the d-backs looked prepared. It was nice to see a coach doing more than calling the plays. No knock, well, ok, a big knock on Todd Grantham, while he was a good coach, he stunk as a teacher. Pruitt is out there teaching these kids about the `why`s` not just calling in a play. It shows.

What have we learned after the first month of baseball season? The Braves, like always, start off like a lion. If only the World Series was decided in April. The Brewers are looking really good, but it`s hard to see them keeping up the pace. The Nationals Stephen Strausburg can throw the ball, REALLY throw the ball, but he can`t seem to find a place to put it. If he ever learns a pitch beside the fastball he could be an all-time great. If he doesn`t then he will have to purchase a ticket when he goes to Cooperstown.

Oakland, well, they just keep winning and the Angels keep spending… and losing. The AL Central should be an adventure this year unless Detroit can find a power hitter that is not 40 years-old. Boston is off to a slow start, but with a revamped lineup I`m not worried just yet.

Did you know that the Atlanta Hawks have the longest current playoff streak in the Eastern Division? That`s right this makes the 7th straight season Atlanta has reached the playoffs. The only team in all of basketball with more is the San Antonio Spurs out of the West with 17 straight. I do think that this year was the best job by Atlanta in that run. The team completely dropped its payroll for a chance to go out after this season to sign a few big names. They will have the Pacers, who they beat by 20 last week, in the first round. Wouldn`t it be something if they can pull off an 8 over 1 seed upset!?! I do not put it past this team.

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  • Rome Braves Make Roster Move - The Rome Braves announce that RHP Race Parmenter has been released from the organization. Transferring from the Danville club is RHP Pete Perez. Rome returns home on Monday April 21st to face Greensboro to begin a seven game home stand.
  • Atlanta Bowl to Become Peach Once Again - The Peach is back. After dropping the Peach from Atlanta`s college football bowl game, officials are expected to announce Monday that the game will change its name to the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. It is also expected that at the press conference that the game will unveil plans to elevate its status from a `mid-tier` event to a `high-profile` game that will be part of the new four-team college football playoff system.
  • Lady Hawks swing past Young Harris - After beginning the season at No. 4 on the National Christian College Athletic Association`s (NCCAA) official top ten rankings, each week the the Lady Hawks have steadily climbed thier way up. This week was no different as Shorter moved up one place from last week to finally sit atop the list as the NCCAA`s top team the conference announced Wednesday. Rankings, however, weren`t on the Lady Hawks mind as they travelled to Young Harris College Wednesday afternoon for a doubleheader with the Mountain Lions. Winning was on the agenda, and that`s just what they did; shutting out Young Harris in both games to extend their win streak to 13 games. The final score in each was, 8-0.
  • Shorter Soccer Makes National Ranking - For the second straight week, Shorter`s men`s soccer team finds itself at No. 10 on the latest NCCAA Men`s Soccer Rankings the conference. The Hawks, which are a part of the NCCAA`s South Region, are joined on the list by fellow region members Judson and Emmanuel who rank 11th and 12th, respectively.
  • The First! Hawks win PBC title; Lady Hawks 2nd - They were not to be denied. Thanks to an overwhelming performance on the final day of the 2014 Peach Belt Conference Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Barron Stadium, the Shorter men`s track team gave the university its first-ever NCAA conference title when the Hawks rolled up 204 points to dethrone Alabama-Huntsville, the defending champion. `They knew they had to stay focused,` Shorter Director of Track Scott Byrd said about the Hawks, who were in fourth place when they started the final day and went on to capture the championship thanks to six first place performances - two coming from Kirk Wilson when he dominated the 100 and 200 - and in six events had two or more athletes place for points.
  • Berry Baseball closes regular season with split - Berry College closed Southern Athletic Association regular season play with a split at Centre College on Saturday. Berry lost game one, 3-2, but rebounded with a 6-1 victory in the nightcap. Berry is now 26-13 and 14-7 in the SAA.
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