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As the 2016 elections approach, candidates, from those for President to local school boards, will be making promises.

Their starting point is government - spending, taxing, borrowing, and promising. Its a big deal.

The Federal government will spend over $3.5 trillion, tax over $3 trillion and borrow over $500 billion. State and local governments add another $3 trillion in spending. Over 1 dollar in 3 goes through the government.

Among the people who directly receive this money are:

  • 24 million government workers
  • 50 million public school students
  • 43 million Social Security recipients
  • 14 million Social Security Disability
  • 56 million Medicare recipients
  • 73 million Medicaid recipients
  • 46 million Food Stamp recipients
  • 2.3 million prisoners

One estimate is that the total receiving some kind of benefits is approach 160 million or about half of the total U.S. population of 320 million.

The people who are currently receiving benefits want to hold on to them while many others want them. While the official number of lobbyists is around 12,000, one analyst estimates that the actual number of working lobbyists is around 100,000 with total spending of $9 billion annually.

That doesn`t include campaign spending. In 2012, it topped $6 billion at the national level, including $3.6 for Congers and $2.6 for President.

Beyond money spent to influence governmental decisions, there are large amounts that are downright illegal. Medicare and Medicaid fraud is so lucrative and safe that Russian and Nigerian mobs are involved. Estimated losses from the programs run up to $100 billion.

Recent events in the Coosa Valley show that state and local governments are vulnerable as well.

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For educators there`s always that `one story` that resulted in your deciding to become a teacher. For most teachers they live life with only one goal, give back. For Gary Jones, his story is now being shared for the state to hear. Jones, a teacher at East Central Elementary School, was chosen this week as one of ten finalists in Georgia to be picked for Teacher of the Year. Watch as Mr. Jones speaks about what led him into education, as well as what being picked for this honor means to him.

  • Shooting Reported in Silver Creek, Teen Arrested - A suspect has been taken into custody following a shooting on Wax Road Friday afternoon. Report said that the male victim was shot in the leg around 5pm. The suspect, Avon Trey Grissom, 17, reportedly left the scene, but later returned and surrendered to police. Grissom was charged with one count of Aggravated Assault.
  • Floyd Co School Makes Major Moves - Floyd County Schools is moving forward in the system’s quest for `Destination Graduation for every child` as Superintendent Dr. Jeff McDaniel today announced a personnel reorganization plan in a meeting with principals. “We will not take our eyes off the prize of Destination Graduation in this school system,` McDaniel stated to the group. “We have experienced turbulence on our journey but we begin today to assure the community our focus is improving the future for our community and our children.” He added, “Anyone who does not share our dedication to children and the philosophy that every dollar entrusted to our system must be used in the best interest of children has no place in Floyd County Schools.” Dr. McDaniel’s presentation to principals involved an organizational restructuring of personnel and changes in purchasing procedures. Click Here for Chart.
  • Polk County Names Business of the Year - The Polk County Chamber of Commerce has named Miura Manufacturing America as its Industry of the Year. The company, which moved to Rockmart in 2008, is a Partner in Education, a member of the Education Workforce Development Committee and is a partner with the Polk School District`s intern program for high school seniors.
  • DOT to Upgrade Signals on Hwy 41 in Bartow Co - The Georgia Department of Transportation announces six newly upgraded traffic signals in Bartow County are scheduled to be fully operational on Monday and Tuesday, April 27 and 28, 2015. The two newly upgraded signals on State Route (SR) 3/US 41 at its intersections with South Bridge Drive and Postelle Street will be turned on Monday, April 27. Four more signals on Highway 41 at its intersection with Mockingbird Drive, Gentilly Boulevard, Baker Road, and Fire Tower Road are scheduled for Wednesday, April 28, 2015 to be fully operational.
  • Major Industrial Park Planned for Bartow Co - Pattillo Industrial Real Estate, of Stone Mountain, announced that it will be developing the Cartersville Business Park, a 188-acre master planned industrial development with all utilities, industrial zoning and park covenants that will support 1.7 million square feet of buildings. The new park will be located on Cass-White Road, a half mile off exit 296 on I-75.
  • GDOL to Recruit Workers in Rome/ Cedartown - The Georgia Department of Labor will help a staffing company, North Georgia Staffing, recruit more than 50 manufacturing workers for plants in Rockmart and Rome. Several recruitments will be held in April and May at the GDOL’s Cedartown Career Center, 262 North Park Blvd. in Cedartown. The recruitments have been set for Friday, April 24; Wednesday, April 29; Wednesday, May 6; and Wednesday, May 13. All recruitments will be held from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
  • Lindale Residents Found with Drugs - Floyd County police arrested three Lindale residents after a search uncovered suspected drugs inside a home. Melissa Ann Battles, 44, Sandra Jean Baldwin, 33, and William Drew Sindorf, 26, were allegedly found at Battles` home on Avenue D with the suspected drugs. Reports said that officers found two needles with suspected meth, numerous small bags, three digital weighing scales, suspected marijuana and a prescription pill outside its original container on Battles.
  • GHC Receives Bachelor of Nursing Seal - Georgia Highlands College recently received the official letter and seal from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The ACEN Board of Commissioners has granted GHC accreditation for its RN-BSN program, which will be valid until the next accreditation visit in fall 2019. The RN-BSN program is a totally online BSN completion program, which started in Fall 2013 for registered nurses to attain their baccalaureate degree. Students have been able to enroll part-time or full-time in either fall, spring or summer semesters.
  • Seven GNTC Students Win Medals SkillsUSA - Seven Georgia Northwestern Technical College students won gold and silver medals at the annual SkillsUSA State Championships held recently in Atlanta. The GNTC students competed against students from other technical colleges in Georgia. The competition allowed students to take the skills, knowledge, and experience that they have gained in their program of study and apply it to a real-world project based on industry standards.
  • Lindale Woman Steals and Tries to Cash Checks - Floyd County Sheriff`s deputies arrested Misty Nichole Allen, 37 of Lindale, this week after they said she allegedly stole checks from a mailbox on New Rosedale Road in Amruchee. Reports said that she later identified herself as someone under the age of 18 to cash a check for $100 at the Lindale Food and Tobacco on Maple Road.
  • Berry Student selected for Jersey Youth Academy - Berry senior Elizabeth Pereira is one of 22 students who have been selected to participate in the American Jersey Cattle Association 2015 Jersey Youth Academy. Pereira, an animal science major from Snellville, Ga., hopes to pursue a career in dairy herd management after graduation.
  • Fmr School Employee Under RICO Act Withdrawls Cash - The story involving former Floyd County Schools Maintenance Director Derry Richardson continues. A civil action was filed under the Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act seeking $30,000 of cash Richardson withdrew from his bank before his home in Summerville was seized under the same Act. A temporary receiver, Brian R. Bojo, is seeking a hearing claiming that Richardson made the withdraw from his bank after he received notification of the seizure and temporary restraining order.
  • Romans Arrested in Multi-State Meth Operation - Two Romans were stopped for allegedly speeding in Sequatchaie County, Tennessee and a search of their vehicle uncovered a large amount of methamphetamine. Report said that the stop has now lead to a multi-county drug investigation. Officers said that a search uncovered drug paraphernalia, numerous scheduled narcotics and over 10 ounces of methamphetamine. Howard Collin Lackey, 25, was charged with Possession of Schedule II(methamphetamine) for Resale, Possession of Schedule II-2 counts and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Marcie Velvet Clayton, 29, was charged with Possession of Schedule II(methamphetamine) for Resale, Possession of Schedule II-2 counts, Possession of Schedule IV-2 counts, Simple Possession of Schedule VI and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • GNTC Student To Give Presentation at the TCSG - Georgia Northwestern Technical College student Alice Towe, winner of the 2015 GOAL Award at GNTC, was selected to present a service project session proposal at the Technical College System of Georgia system office next week. Towe’s proposal `Green Thumbs Re-gain Grounds at Historic Heart of Rome` will be presented to a committee for possible inclusion in the 2015 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates that will take place at Atlanta in November.
  • Local Colleges to Increase Tuition - The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the tuition rates for the 2015-16 academic year. The increase will mean a 2 and a half percent increase for Georgia Highlands, Dalton State College. The University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology saw the largest increase in the state at 9.0 percent.
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  • Tea Party Host Lunch Bunch - The Rome TEA Party is hosting its monthly gathering of the Lunch Bunch, Tuesday April 21 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM at Fuddruckers Restaurant, 595 Riverside Parkway. The public is invited to hear Grant Evans lead the Board panel discussion on The Administrative State: the Bureaucracy in the U.S. The attendees and the panelists will exchange ideas on the impact and the solutions.
  • Tuck Announces Run Against Con. Graves - Mickey Tuck announced his candidacy for 14th U.S. Congressional District on Tuesday. Tuck, of Silver Creek, said, `People in the 14th U.S. Congressional District of Georgia tell me they are disappointed with their current representation in Washington, D.C. They say their strong conservative Republican values are not being represented in Congress.`
  • Gov. Deal appoints 12 to State Boards - Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed twelve members to state boards. Those appointed were; E. Trenton `Trent` Brown III, Board of Trustees of the Judicial Retirement System, Marvin S. Arrington, Jr., McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority, Michael Lowe, Board of Trustees of the Public School Employees’ Retirement Systemm Richard Taylor, Board of Trustees of the Public School Employees’ Retirement System, Mara S. Register, State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless Commission, Mary Walker, Southern States Energy Board, Joy Lampley-Fortson, Board of Commissioners of the Georgia Student Finance Commission, R. Ray Hendrix, Veterans Service Board (reappointment), Shawn Hanley, Veterans Service Board (reappointment), Ann Miller Hanlon, Board of Directors of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, Susan Thayer, Professional Standards Commission and Chris Swanson, Board of Trustees of the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia.
  • Gov. Deal Signs off Medical Marijuana into Law - Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday signed HB 1, legislation that permits the use of medical cannabis oil to treat certain conditions. The law took effect immediately upon Deal’s signature. Deal signed an executive order last month instructing state agencies, physicians and law enforcement officials to prepare for the law’s enactment.
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  • Former Football Start Arrested in Catoosa County - Catoosa County authorities have arrested 23 year-old Martez Antonio Eastland on drug charges after running from police. Reports said that Eastland was charged with possession of methamphetamine and obstruction or hindering law enforcement officers.
  • Rescue-2-Restore Partners with `PAWS for the Cause - Commissioner Avery D. Niles is pleased to announce a team from the DJJ Rescue-2-Restore (R2R) canine adoption program will join with other community partners this weekend to support DeKalb County’s ‘PAWS for the CAUSE’. The annual DeKalb community education event is organized to help reduce crimes against animals by increasing public awareness about animal cruelty and animal neglect.
  • Georgia AG Announces $790K Settlemen with Eye Doc. - Late last week Attorney General Sam Olens announced that Georgia has reached an agreement with Doraville doctor Zheng Xiang Wang and the Wang Eye Clinic, P.C., to settle allegations that Dr. Wang billed Georgia Medicaid for medically unnecessary ophthalmology procedures. In settlement of the allegations, Dr. Wang paid $790,000 to the Department of Community Health (DCH), which administers Georgia`s Medicaid program.
  • Ga County to Offer Every Student Free Lunches - The Athens Banner-Herald has reported that Clarke County Schools will begin using a new provision the by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer every student free breakfast and lunch next year. The program allows schools with a high percentage of students on free or reduced-price lunch programs to provide free meals to all students. Under the provision, schools will no longer require students to file paperwork and undergo screenings to show they are eligible for the program.
  • Atl Police Officer Arrested for Exposing Himself - An Atlanta police officer, Christopher Todd Maddox, who was already under investigation for drugs and child neglect, has now been arrested for allegedly exposing himself to a 19 year-old woman. Reports said that Maddox was charged with public indecency after exposing himself at a Gwinnett County movie theater.
  • Man Charged w/ Giving iPod with Nude Pics to Teeen - A Whitfield County man has been arrested for giving a minor an iPod that contained sexual images. Michael Anthony Welch, 38 of Cohutta, who allegedly gave the iPhone to a 12 year-old girl, is charged with distributing obscene materials. The arrest came following an over six month investigation and a grand jury`s decision to return an indictment last March.
  • Georgia’s unemployment rate unchanged at 6.3 % - The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the state’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for March was 6.3 percent, unchanged from February, matching its lowest level since July 2008. The rate was 7.3 percent a year ago.
  • Teacher Killed in Leesburg Crash - A Collinsville school teacher was fatally injured in a single-vehicle accident occurring early Thursday in Leesburg. According to reports, the victim was identified as 36 year-old Joshua Burrell. Police said that Burrell`s 2002 Suzuki XL7 crashed into a metal pole directly in front of Leesburg Town Hall.
  • Macon Couple Charged w 42 Counts of Animal Cruelty - A Macon couple, Stephen Darrell Jones and Lisa Ann Murray, has been charged with 42 counts of animal-cruelty after they were accused of hoarding 50 live or dead animals in their home.
  • Fl Man Extradited to Cobb to Face Murder Charge - A Hernando, Florida man, George Frederick Gengarelly, has been extradited to Cobb County to face a murder charge that stems 23 years ago. Reports said that Gengarelly murdered 37 year-old Yyonne Weems near Lake Acworth back in 1991. Cobb County officials said that a probable cause hearing is expected to occur in the next few weeks to determine if his office can proceed with prosecution and whether the man will be indicted.
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In the Mind of - Tony Potts
One of the most fun `family` days in sports is a college football Spring Game.

If you are a fan of college football, and one, do not have the money to attend a game on a fall Saturday, two, hate large crowds, or three, have never been to your school`s game, then this weekend is all for you. You can go and watch your team play, for free, and get a small taste of the college football experience.

My little girl is a year and a half, and she absolutely loved it. She had room to play in the stands; she loved the crowd cheers, the band, and the game. It was neat to watch her eyes light up as the Red Coats blared Glory, Glory. For those that may not know, my little girl`s name in Georgia, so she thought everyone was singing to her.

It is such a beautiful time in the spring to spend with family, at a cost of only gas and food. The experience is something that all football families can afford.

And for us, the die-hards, it is a chance to have a taste of the game we ever so cherish. It`s a long time from January to September, but this day always helps with the addiction.

It`s always fun to watch the early enrollee`s get their first taste of football in their home stadium as well.

However, the one thing that I wish they would do to improve the day is competition. It would be nice to set up a scrimmage with a team like Shorter, Berry, Kennesaw State, ect. to play on this day. Think about it, you could still play your third and fourth sting, come out with a `win` and in the meanwhile give the kids of the smaller schools a chance to play in front of the largest crowd of their life. Yes, Georgia had over 40,000 fans in the stands for last Saturday`s scrimmage. Imagine if it was a `game` type environment and the fans the other teams would bring.

Just my thought. Now let`s get to September.

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  • Softball Ranked 5th in NCAA Reg. Rankings - With the regular season coming to an end the NCAA announced its first installment of regional softball rankings Wednesday afternoon with Shorter coming in as the South Region`s fifth ranked team. The Lady Hawks enter the final week of the regular season with a 27-10 overall record, a 17-9 conference mark, and confirmed spot in the GSC Tournament.
  • Darlington appoints Eddie Guth New AD - Darlington`s Head of School Brent Bell announced that Eddie Guth has been appointed athletic director at Darlington School, effective July 1. Guth has more than three decades of experience in independent school education and athletics, serving most recently as athletic director and head football coach at Randolph School in Huntsville, Ala. `Eddie brings with him a wide range of independent school experience,` Bell said. `He is a proven relational leader and program builder and, most importantly, he connects with kids. I know our student-athletes will enjoy working with him.`
  • Berry Women`s lacrosse wins at Huntingdon - Led by Clara Bissell`s 4 goals, the Berry College women`s lacrosse team defeated Huntingdon College, 16-11, on Tuesday night. The win improved the Vikes to 9-6 overall. The loss dropped the Hawks to 1-14.
  • Rome Tennis Academy Announces Circuit Rankings - The Rome Tennis Academy announces junior Rome circuit rankings for April. The 2015 season launched with the Rome Tennis Circuit Spring Open on March 28 with over 50 participants from Rome and the Atlanta area. The circuit offers competitive league practice for players participating in school teams, as well as for individuals new to competitive tennis.
  • Lady Hawks Add Two for Basketball Squad - Kayla Tillie and Raven Fair signed thier National Letters of Intent to play for the Lady Hawks this week. The two will add depth and versatility at the guard positions with hopes of providing an instant impact to the team in 2015-16.
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    • Shorter U. hosts Global Affairs Symposium - The Shorter University Department of Social Sciences will host a symposium detailing the impact of global affairs on U.S. citizens on Friday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the university’s Austin Moses Room. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature four scholars for a discussion on current events in the Middle East and implications for the United States. Those who wish to attend are asked to register online at The panel includes Georgia Highlands College history professor Joelle Jordan, who will be giving a broad foreign policy perspective from Truman to Obama. She will discuss how the United States has moved from isolationist to internationalism from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m..

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      • Rome Tennis Tournament to Benefit March of Dimes - A `Serve Children` tennis tournament to benefit the March of Dimes will be held in Rome at the Floyd Tennis Center on Saturday, April 25. The event cost $25 per person and includes food and drinks.