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Winter Yet Another Storm  
 Boston Closes in on Record

Yet another winter storm is htting areas from Texax to New England, as Boston closes in on an all-time snowfall record.

the federal government, inclusing Congress, closed Thursday due to an expected snowfall of between 4 and 8 inches.

Governors in states as far apart as Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia and New Jersey declared states of emergency in advance of the storm.

A winter storm advisory is in effect for areas of the Coosa Valley (see radar below) for areas north of a line from Calhoun to Dawsonville.

As for Boston, the 1.6 inches of snow that fell on the city Tuesday and Wednesday put the city `needing` a litte over 2 inches of new snow to set an all-time snowfall mark. So far this winter, Boston has had 105.5 inches, according to National Weather Service measurements taken at Logan International Airport


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  • Inmate Escapes Custody in Floyd County - An inmate on work detail escaped custody in the area of Sproull Road and Trimble Way off Kingston Highway on Thursday afternoon. Reports said that Garrett Terrell Shields is described as a 43 year-old black male, 5 foot 8 inches and around 190 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white shirt with an orange toboggan
  • Man Steals $21K From Store Gaming Machine - Rome police have arrested 47 year-old Nathaniel M. Harper Jr, for allegedly stealing $21,975 from a game machine at Hi-Tech Fuel on Martha Berry Boulevard. Reports said that Harper stole the money over a five day period from a locked gaming machine. Police said that he was captured on video opening the machine and removing the money.
  • Child Struck When He Gets off School Bus - Rome Police said that a 5-year-old boy was hit by a car as he was crossing the street after he got off a Rome Transit Department School bus. The driver reported that he could not see the child when he stepped out from behind the bus to cross the street. The child suffered a leg injury in the collision.
  • Alex Mitchell is named Coosa High STAR Student - Alex Mitchell, a senior, was honored recently as the 2015 STAR student for Coosa High School. Mitchell selected Adam Daniel, band director at Coosa High, as his STAR teacher.
  • Winter Weather Advisory, Schools to Close Early - The National Weather Service has said that portions of northwest Georgia along the line from Rome to Calhoun to Dawsonville is expected to experience a mix of sleet and freezing rain on Thursday. Accumulations of less than a quarter inch of sleet are expected before 10 pm this evening.
  • Tourism Makes $129.46M. Impact on Floyd County - The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau has released its 2014 Annual Report on Tourism and the statistics are strong for Floyd County. The report shows an upward trend with an increase of more than 39.23% in tourism spending throughout the county since 2004. The bureau reports that a study from the U.S. Travel Association shows that tourists spent $129,046,000 in Floyd County during 2013, the most recent year that results are available. Additionally the tourism industry supported 1,210 jobs throughout the service and hospitality industries. Travelers to Rome and Floyd County generated $4.62 million in state tax revenue and $3.8 million in local tax revenue. Each Floyd county household received $234.34 in tax relief per household as a result of taxes generated by tourism economic activity.
  • Chattooga Man Arrested For Stealing Car in Rome - Christopher Lee Wedgeworth, 20 of Summerville, was arrested in Floyd County this week after police said he allegedly stole a Honda from a home on East 15th Street. Reports said that Wedgeworth was found in the stolen car on Yarbrough Bend Road and North Elm Street Wednesday.
  • Jail Inmate Now Charged with Threatening Officer - A Floyd County Jail inmate is now facing additional charges from his initial arrest. Reports said that 38 year-old Ronald Lee Smith, of Silver Creek, was arrested in late February for allegedly committing a financial transaction card theft. On Wednesday, authorities added terroristic threats and acts and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon charges.
  • GNTC Student Earns GED, Finds Healthcare Career - For Faye Johnson the decision to return to school and begin her work towards a career in healthcare started when her father was in home hospice care. `Just seeing how good the nurses were with my Dad when he was sick, the compassion they had for him, I decided that’s what I wanted to do,` said Johnson. `I wanted to get into the medical field and be able to help somebody like they did for him.`
  • Man Kicks in Woman`s Door Arrested - A Silver Creek man who was being arrested allegedly escaped custody but later arrested by Floyd County Police. Reports said that Hosea Mac Henderson Jr, 30, was arrested after police said he kicked in the door to a woman`s home and demanded a gun and medication.
  • Rome Parking Office Launches `We Validate` - The Downtown Development Parking Office announces the launch of the “We Validate” campaign for parking in downtown. The purpose of the program is to increase parking options for customers by offering parking validations for parking off of Broad Street.
  • Chattooga Man Arrested for Child Molestation - A 25 year-old Chattooga County man has been captured after being wanted for nearly a year. Justin David Mitchell, 25, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with child molestation, aggravated child molestation and statutory rape.
  • Rome and Dalton Schools Host Walk to School Day - Elm Street Elementary School in Rome and Roan Elementary School in Dalton are welcoming spring by participating in Georgia Walk to School Day today. Approximately 650 students and their families are expected to participate in the event. The Safe Routes to School Program is sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling students in grades K-8 grade and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school.
  • Georgia Power Employee Threatened, Man Arrested - Cody J. Cole, 24 of Rome, was arrested on Tuesday after he threatened to break the neck of a Georgia Power employee. Reports said that the employee came to Cole`s residence on Harper Avenue to disconnect his power for nonpayment. The victim said that Cole came out and made the threat along with throwing bricks at the Georgia Power truck.
  • Cartersville Students to Makeup Snow Day - Students at Cartersville City will have to makeup a day missed because of last week`s snow days. Superintendent Dr. Howard Hinesley said that he will recommend to the school board using Friday, March 13, as the makeup day for students.
  • Rome Man Found Not Guilty of Kidnapping - A Rome man who was accused of kidnapping and robbing a woman back in 2013 has been found not guilty. Tavarous Dewayne Samples, 36, was found not guilty on those charges; however, he was convicted of misdemeanor battery. As a result, Floyd County Superior Court Judge Jack Niedrach sentenced him to six months in prison.
  • Chattooga Woman Not Guilty of Killing Boyfriend - A Chattooga County jury has found Elaine Wilkins of Summerville not guilty on all counts in connections with the shooting death of Robert `Bob` Packer in June of 2014. The defense argued that Wilkins fired five shots into the back of Packer after Packer threatened to kill her and several others. Her attorney, Public Defender David Dunn said, `She did what anyone in that situation would have done. She shot him to protect her own life.`
  • Trion Men Sentenced for Mexican Drug Trafficking - Two Trion men, Felix Moreno-Garcia, 33, and Fabian Pineda-Garcia, 34, have been sentenced for possessing over four pounds of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Reports said that in July 2012, authorities initiated an investigation of a Mexican drug trafficking organization operating out of Chattooga County. The Lookout Mountain Task Force developed an informant who provided information regarding Fabian Pineda-Garcia`s narcotics trafficking.
  • Field Turf manufacturing workers in Calhoun Wanted - The Georgia Department of Labor will help artificial-turf manufacturer Field Turf hire about 90 workers for its facility in Gordon County. The company manufactures synthetic turf for athletic fields, such as football, baseball and soccer fields. The recruitment will be held Friday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gordon County Agricultural Service Center, 1282 Highway 53 Spur SW in Calhoun.
  • Adairsville Police Make Child Molestation Arrest - Adairsville police have arrested William Morgan Godbee and charged him with child molestation. Reports said that criminal investigators took warrants on Goodbee back in December 2014 following an investigation that said uncovered an incident that occurred between 2010 and 2011. Authorities said that Godbee allegedly molested at least one child and threatened them to keep it quiet.
  • Career Expo to provide recruitment opportunities - The Georgia Department of Labor and the Catoosa County Board of Commissioners will co-sponsor the Northwest Georgia Regional Career Expo April 2 in Ringgold. The expo will provide employers in the 15-county area with opportunities to recruit qualified and skilled employees. And, the expo will give jobseekers chances to meet reputable employers and expand their career options. The counties include: Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield.
  • Teen Arrested in Kingston Armed Robbery - Bartow County Sheriff`s Office Deputies said that were dispatched to Five Forks Grocery in Kingston late last week to an Armed Robbery call. Reports said that The clerk reported that a white male subject wearing an orange Nike sweatshirt, sun glasses, and a gray bandanna covering his face entered the store carrying a handgun, pointed the weapon at her, and requested two cartons of Marlboro Special Blend Black Menthol and two cartons of Marlboro Light 100`s. The Clerk was able to activate the store`s panic alarm and provided the male subject with the cartons of cigarettes. The male subject left the store without further incident on foot and the Clerk was not injured. Authorities this week have now arrested and charged a 15 year-old Juvenile as adult with Armed Robbery with a Firearm and Aggravated Assault with a Firearm in this incident.
  • Three Arrested After Calhoun Stabbing - Three people have been arrested following a stabbing that occurred on Peter`s Street in Calhoun last week. Reports said that Kris Ezell, 24 of Adairsville, got into a fight with a man, identified as David Vick, when he swung a blackjack at him. Following the altercation Ezell fled the scene. It was then Jeanna Huggins, 21 of Adairville, attempted to hit Vick with her car while she was leaving.
  • GDOL job training recruitments set for Cartersvill - The Georgia Department of Labor will host recruitments this month in Dalton and Cartersville for job seekers who qualify for OJT, a federal on-the-job training program to help get unemployed workers back into the labor force. The first recruitment will be held on Thursday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the GDOL’s Dalton Career Center at 1406 Chattanooga Ave.
  • Shorter Continue Partnership with Alto Park Elem. - Shorter University`s School of Education has entered the second year of its partnership with Alto Park Elementary. In the past, Shorter teacher candidates have aided Alto Park in programs such as the Fall Math Festival and the school`s annual Veterans Day program, but this semester, teacher candidates are getting the opportunity to engage and interact with students by delivering intervention for students who need additional help in a kindergarten classroom.
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  • Pending Sen. Bill Looks to Rid Print Legal Notices - A pending Georgia Senate bill could change the way residents have to post their legal notices. Senate Bill 186, if approved, would allow local governments to post notices online instead of in newspapers. The bill would permit cities and counties to print notices online as well as in print, and would require no local governments to continue to print the notifications. It would also require each city and country clerk to keep a book with each electronic notice.
  • Deal’s proposal to create Opportunity for Schools - Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday praised the Senate for passing legislation that would allow for an Opportunity School District (OSD) to aid chronically failing schools throughout the state. The constitutional amendment resolution and the implementing legislation will now move to the House for consideration.
  • Deals launch Read Across Georgia Month - Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal were joined Monday by Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) Commissioner Amy Jacobs to kick off Read Across Georgia Month, a campaign that supports increased childhood literacy in the state.
  • AG Kicks Off Annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy - Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens was joined at the state Capitol by State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division President Sharri Edenfield and Georgia Food Bank Association Executive Director Danah Craft to launch the 4th Annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy, a statewide food drive competition among Georgia lawyers. The 2015 competition will take place April 20, 2015 - May 1, 2015. The Georgia Legal Food Frenzy is a partnership between the Georgia Attorney General, the YLD and the Georgia Food Bank Association. Lawyers statewide are challenged to compete outside the courtroom to raise food and funds for Georgia`s eight regional food banks, which serve 156,500 unique clients in Georgia on a weekly basis. All of the food and funds collected are donated to the regional food bank that serves each competitor`s community.
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  • Georgia’s unemployment rate drops to 6.4% - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 6.4 percent, its lowest level since July 2008 when it was 6.3 percent. The rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 6.6 percent in December. The rate in January 2014 was 7.3 percent.
  • Atlanta Man Sentenced for Hiding Income/Assets - Gregg A. Kaminsky, 46 of Atlanta, has been sentenced for wilfully failing to file a Foreign Bank Account Report with the U.S. Department of Treasury in connection with his concealment of income and assets in accounts in Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Thailand over several years, as well as his failure to report certain income earned in the virtual world, `Second Life.`
  • Fmr. Grady Payroll Dir. Sentenced for Embezzling - Donald Thomas, 45 of Atlanta, the former payroll director for the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation, was sentenced to seven years, three months in prison for stealing nearly half a million dollars from the longstanding public institution. According to reports from December 1994 through June 2011, Thomas served as Assistant Controller for Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation. Grady Hospital has provided health care to thousands of Atlanta-area residents - a large portion of whom are uninsured - for over one hundred years. It has long provided low-cost or free medical care to indigent patients.
  • Major Meth Lab Found in Neighboring Alabama - DeKalb County, Alabama Sheriff Jimmy Harris said that earlier this week bail bonding agents went to a residence on County Road 44 in Fyffe area, looking for a subject when they noticed what appeared to be a Meth Lab. The Drug Task Force agents were called to the residence with a search warrant. During the search of the residence Drug Task Force agents found a 1 pot meth lab, methamphetamine, and supplies to make methamphetamine.
  • Man Sentenced for Embellzing Over $1 Million - DeMarco Doxie, 44, has been sentenced to four years and five months in prison for his theft of more than $1 million from his former employer, Ennis Paint (currently known as Ennis-Flint). Reports said that Doxie was the former Corporate Environmental Health & Safety Manager for Ennis Paint. Ennis, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, manufactures and sells a variety of road marking and pavement surface treatments. Ennis maintains a facility in Atlanta, Georgia, where Doxie worked.
  • Longtime Police Officer Shot and Killed in Fulton - A longtime police officer was killed in Fulton County on Wednesday. Reports said that 48 year-old Terence Avery Green was shot and killed during what authorities called an `ambush` shooting at a home in the southern part of the county. Reports said that several officers came under fire while responding to shots fired call in the Chastain Park community in Fairburn.
  • 15 Arrested in Johns Creek Prostitution Sting - Police in Johns Creek have arrested 15 people in a sting operation involving prostitution. Operation `Saving Grace` resulted in the arrest of suspected pimps, prostitutes and customers. The investigation was launched by posing ads on the web site, and within hours people began showing up at a hotel on Medlock Bridge Road, where they were met by police.
  • Execution Rescheduled for Death Row Inmate, Again - For the second time in a week Georgia Death Row inmate Kelly Renee Gissendaner`s execution has been postponed. The latest, officials cited problems with the lone drug that would be used for the lethal injection. The drug, pentobarbital, had a cloudy appearance, prompting officials to called a pharmacist and then out of an `abundance of caution` to postpone the execution, said Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan. She did not give a new date.
  • Georgia Town Featured on Walking Dead for Sale - The former mayor of Grantville, Georgia is using eBay to sell the downtown district of the city. The city in Coweta County was also the backdrop in AMC`s television show Walking Dead. In total, nine buildings totaling 25,000 square feet are for sale. The current price on the website is $680,000 or best offer.
  • Georgians Make World`s Richest People List - According to the latest numbers from Forbes, Georgia is the home of 11 of the world`s 1,726 billionaires in 2015. Topping the list for the Peach State is Anne Cox Chambers, who is 53rd in the list and is worth $17 billion.
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The Madd MAn - Mark Miller
I know that, even though I live right here in North Georgia, I seldom devote an entire piece to a University of Georgia team. I really seldom see the need to do so since so many in the area gush over everything that happens in Bulldog athletics.

Still, I feel compelled to congratulate head coach Mark Fox and the Georgia basketball team for a very solid season. I have believed all along that Fox is a very good coach who inherited a program with zero momentum and very little talent.

For some reason, Fox has really struggled to bring in talent even though the state of Georgia does turn out some quality players. The occasional big talent player to sign with UGA seems to bolt for the NBA first chance he gets. What Fox needs is a couple of players who come in, raise the level of the program and stay long enough to put the Bulldogs firmly on the map. Success breeds success. We saw this play out at Florida where they were a football school until Billy Donovan elevated the basketball program to a status that allows him to recruit against the traditional powerhouses. It does work.

Mark Fox has made some progress in this direction already by putting a couple of players in the NBA. The next step must be making the NCAA tournament and making a little noise once he gets there. Players want to know they are going to play in the Big Dance. It is their opportunity to showcase themselves to the world.

Following a tough loss to the Kentucky, the best team in the country, where they were tied at the half, the Bulldogs are 19-10 overall and 10-7 in conference play. Let`s assume the worst, which is very unlikely, and Georgia loses the final regular season game to Auburn and their first game in the SEC Tournament. The Bulldogs would finish 19-12 overall and 10-9 in conference play. In my opinion, Georgia would still be in the Big Dance unless several teams win their conference tournaments that would not have gotten in otherwise. Which is to say that Georgia is almost certainly in the NCAA Tournament.

What is on the line now, is seeding. Theoretically, the better your seeding the easier the path to the Final Four. If Georgia were to defeat Auburn and then make it all the way to the championship game in the SEC Tournament, I see the Bulldogs as perhaps as high as a 6 or 7 seed depending on what some others do, especially if Georgia plays Kentucky tough once again. I think the tournament committee would take into consideration that many of the team`s losses were while they were shorthanded due to injury. Georgia has some quality wins over Seton Hall, Kansas State and a two game sweep of Ole Miss, but also has bad losses to South Carolina and Auburn. It is a respectable if not spectacular resume.

This is Mark Fox`s chance to put his team in contention. It is a chance for him to make a name for himself and the Georgia basketball program. The Bulldogs need to recruit better and that begins with being relevant. Quite frankly, it has been a long time since this program has truly been relevant. A Sweet 16 appearance would certainly be a step in the right direction. A Final Four appearance would get recruits attention nationwide. The next few weeks are as important to Georgia basketball as any stretch of games in decades. Enjoy them Bulldogs fans. That is what games like these are for.

Mark Miller

  • Shorter Softball sweeps Lander - The Lady Hawks swept Lander University Wednesday evening in a non-conference midweek matchup to give head coach Al Thomas his 200th win at Shorter. Game scores were 3-2 and 8-0, respectively. The first game needed extra innings, but the Lady Hawks pulled out the win in the top of the eighth as Ericka Bynum scored on a fielder`s choice.
  • Berry`s Segarra named Jostens Trophy finalist - Chanlir Segarra of Berry College has been named a finalist for the prestigious Jostens Trophy, announced the Rotary Club of Salem, Va. The club is responsible for the initial review of annual nominations and narrowed the pool to 10 men`s and 10 women`s finalists.
  • Berry Women`s lacrosse defeats Oglethorpe - Kelsey McAnnally and Claire Rosenberg both scored 3 goals and passed 3 assists in Berry College`s 15-7 win at Oglethorpe University on Wednesday night. The win was the third straight for the Vikings, improving them to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the Southern Athletic Association. The loss dropped the Stormy Petrels to 1-2 and 0-2.
  • Lady Hawks Advance to Semifinals with Upset Win - The Lady Hawks are headed to the semifinals! Entering the tournament as the no. 7 seed Shorter women`s basketball knew it had a tough opponent in no. 2 West Florida, but the Lady Hawks proved the season series didn`t matter as they turned in an 82-78 upset to earn their first ever GSC postseason win in their first season of eligibility.
  • GHC Chargers Headed to Final Four - Behind a tenacious defense and the hot hand of Montrel Goldston the Chargers defeat the Highlanders of Georgia State College 78-51. GHC was led by Montrel Goldston’s 20 points and 7 rebounds, Donovan Harris with 14 points and 7 rebounds, Ty Toney with 13 points, and Paris Ballinger with 10 points.
  • Hawks fall short in GSC tourney opener - As the final seconds clicked off the clock, the Shorter Hawks saw the man who has been their point producer all season long make one final move to the basket. But as the buzzer sounded, senior Dedric Ware saw his potential game-winning shot become the final one of his three-year career when the visiting Union Bulldogs pulled out a 77-76 win in the opening round of the 2015 Gulf South Conference Basketball Championships on Tuesday at the Winthrop-King Centre. The loss closed out the season for the Hawks, who compiled an 18-11 record, while Union (20-9) advances to the tournament semifinals to be held Friday in Birmingham, Ala., at Samford University`s Pete Hanna Centre. After trading points over the opening five minutes, Union came up with a surge that gave the Bulldogs their biggest lead of the opening half, 29-17, with just under nine minutes remaining. The Hawks, however, slowly began to whittle away at the deficit and tied the score, 31-31, when Trevor McDade scored on a layup, was fouled and converted the free throw with 4:03 until intermission. Shorter was able to stay within striking distance at the half when Chris Daniels scored on the transition as the halftime buzzer sounded and leaving the Hawks down by one at the break, 39-38. Shorter carried the momentum over into the second half and with 15:16 to go Kordario Fleming scored on a follow-up and the ensuring foul shots to give the Hawks the lead for the first time since the opening minutes, 50-47. From that point on, the two teams traded punch for punch. With 1:31 left to play, Daniels scored inside giving Shorter a 73-71 advantage but that, however, would prove to be the Hawks` final lead of the night.
  • Berry Baseball takes series against LaGrange - Will Estes got the win and Grant Perkins had 2 hits as the Berry College baseball team took the season series against LaGrange with their 6-2 victory Tuesday afternoon. The win improved the Vikings to 8-4 on the season. The loss dropped the Panthers to 3-8.
  • Berry`s Jacobs earns All-SAA men`s Bball Honor - The Southern Athletic Association announced the 2014-2015 SAA Men`s Basketball All-Conference award-winners. Owen Jacobs represented the Berry College men`s basketball team with a spot on the all-conference second team.
  • Mircale Field Registration Begins March 6 - The Rome Braves and Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority announce spring registration for the Braves Miracle Field of Rome. Registration begins Friday March 6th through Rome-Floyd Parks & Recreation Authority and ends March 27th. The registration fee remains $50 per player; however, there are scholarship opportunities for interested families.
  • 3 Lady Vikings Named to All-SAA Team - The Southern Athletic Association announced the 2014-15 SAA All-Conference award-winners. Led by Chanlir Segarra, Berry College earned three honors. Segarra was placed on the SAA first team for the third year in a row. The senior guard from Cooper City, Florida, posted 17.5 points per game for the Vikes. She also dished 6.3 assists per contest and shot 78-percent from the free throw line. Segarra, a recently named CoSIDA Academic All American, tallied in double figures 24 of her 27 games played. Two other Berry College women`s basketball players garnered SAA honorable mention recognition: Emma Cook and Mel McLean. Cook, a sophomore from Canton, Georgia, earned SAA honorable mention for the second straight year. She averaged 14.2 points per game for the Vikings. Cook also collected 7.1 rebounds per contest throughout the season. A senior from Cave Spring, Georgia, McLean tabbed the final BC SAA honorable mention honor. McLean averaged 11.7 points and 5.5 rebounds in her 25 games played for the Vikings. Berry ended the season with an 18-9 record, earned second place in the SAA regular season and advanced to the SAA semifinals for the third year in a row.
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    • Miracle Field Registration Begins March 6th - The Rome Braves and Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority announce spring registration for the Braves Miracle Field of Rome. Registration begins Friday March 6th through Rome-Floyd Parks & Recreation Authority and ends March 27th. The registration fee remains $50 per player; however, there are scholarship opportunities for interested families.