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U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman lifted the four
game suspension imposed on him by NFL Commissioner Roger
Goodell, criticizing Goodell for `his own brand of industrial
The suspension was based on the league`s finding that it was
`more probable than not` that two Patriots ball handlers
deliberately released air from Patriots game balls at
January`s 45-7 New England victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
Goodell concluded Brady `knew about, approved of, consented to,
and provided inducements and rewards` to the men.
Due to the structure of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement,
the judge was not ruling on the factual issues at hand,
including how much the balls would have deflated due to
the change in temperature in the club house versus the field.
Rather Berman ruled on the NFL processes. Specifically,
he said, `The court concludes that, as a matter of law, no
NFL policy or precedent notifies players that they may be
disciplined (much less suspended) for general awareness of
misconduct by others.`
While the NFL can appeal the decision, it appears likely
that Brady will be able to start in the Pats season
opener against the Steelers.
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16 and Pregnant Star Arrested in Rome
- Rome reality TV star Whitney Blake Purvis, 23, was arrested on Wednesday after allegedly attacking her boyfriend. The `16 and Pregnant` star reportedly threw a metal wheel though two windows in an attempt to enter the Silver Creek home. Purvis also allegedly hit the victim, Weston Gosa, with a broom.
Shooting Reported in Garden Lakes
- Floyd County police were dispatched to a home on Hillside Avenue in Garden in response to shots being fired late Thursday. According to authorities, two subjects left the scene, one in a vehicle, the other on foot. Police said that it appeared that no one was hit by the shots.
Floyd County E-911 Text-to-911
- Floyd County E-911 has completed testing of all equipment,
processes and training required to implement Text-to-911.
This allows those within the boundaries of Floyd County, who
have an emergency, a registered cell phone with a text plan, and
the inability to make a voice call, to send 911 an SMS text
message. Appropriate times to text 911 instead of calling 911
would be when the caller is unable to call due to the caller
being Deaf, having a speech or hearing impairment, or being in a
situation where making a voice call would endanger the caller.
The Rome Braves announce the following roster moves:
RHP Dustin Emmons has been placed on the disabled list with a left oblique strain
Rome receives RHP Dalton Geekie from Danville. Geekie was the Atlanta Braves 22nd round selection in the June 2015 draft. He played college baseball at Georgia Highlands College in Rome, GA joining OF Stephen Gaylor as the second player to play college baseball in Rome and now play professionally in the same city.
GNTC to Help Promote Literacy Day.Literacy Week
- Georgia Northwestern Technical College, the largest Adult
Education program provider in the Northwest Georgia region, will
emphasize its role by raising the level of awareness of adult
education and family literacy during International Literacy Day
and Literacy Week in Georgia. On Tuesday, Sept. 8, the world will
celebrate International Literacy Day and Gov. Nathan Deal has
joined others across the nation by issuing a proclamation that
extends this day into a week by designating Sept. 7-11 as
Literacy Week in Georgia.
Polk Police Searching for Robbery Suspect
- Polk County police is seeking assistance in identifying a man who committed an armed robbery at a Buchanan Highway store Thursday morning. According to Polk County Police Department Det. B. Brady, the suspect is described as a white male in all black clothing wearing a mask. The victim said that the suspect’s eyes is believed to be blue-green in color.
Tourism Development Funds Awarded to Cedartown
- Cedartown was one of only 11 cities in Georgia that the Georgia
Department of Economic Development awarded $130,000 in product
development agreements to. Georgia Tourism and the Georgia
Council for the Arts have partnered for the past three
years in order to continue to maximize the state’s Tourism
Product Development program. The Tourism Product Development Agreement program was designed
to financially support tourism and cultural development
activities at the local level that maintain and create jobs,
attract tourists, and enhance the visitor experience.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development received 63
applications for the 2016 Tourism Product Development program
amounting to more than $725,041 in requests.
Cedartown Mother of Four Wins Millions from Lotto
- Phillis James, a 40 year-old Cedartown mother of four is one of two people to win a $3 million jackpot prize from the Aug. 17 Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match drawing, having matched all six winning numbers. James said that her lucky combination of family birthdays was the winning numbers. She purchased her ticket at Cedartown Grocery & Tobacco, 1103 S. Main St. in Cedartown.
GHC honors outstanding faculty and staff
- At the beginning of each year, GHC kicks off the fall semester
with an in-service meeting, bringing together all of its faculty
and staff from each of its five campuses. Several employees
were recognized for their contributions during the 2014-2015
academic year.The 2015 awards and recipients were:
Man Indicted for Shooting Dog
- Robert Anthony Ivey, 31, has been indicted by a Gordon County
Grand Jury on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals and
discharge of a gun near highway or street. Reports said that
earlier this year Ivey maliciously caused physical harm to a
canine name Rocco, by shooting him in the leg seriously disfiguring the dog. Ivey is also accused of discharging a firearm without legal justification within 50 yards of a public street.
Rabies Vaccination Clinic Scheduled in Rome
- Floyd County Environmental Health, along with Floyd County Animal
Control and local veterinarians, will conduct a rabies
vaccination clinic for cats and dogs Saturday, September 19 from
1 PM to 4 PM in the parking lot of the Floyd County Health
Department, 16 E. 12th St. Animals must be healthy, at least
twelve weeks of age and on a leash or in a pet carrier. Cost
for the rabies vaccination is $10.
Internet Company Looks to Make Footprint in Floyd
- A Calhoun based internet provider is looking to expand into Floyd County. iWispr was stated in 2005 and already covers most of Gordon County, as well as portions of Bartow and Floyd. The company currently has over1,000 customers. Company officials said that last month they sought to lease space on a Floyd County emergency operations radio network tower near Lake Marvin.
Iowa Company Buys Rome-Based Capitoline Products
- VT Industries in Holstein, Iowa, announced that they have acquired Rome-based Capitoline Products. Both companies have facilities in Rome and are family-owned. Company officials said that the integration of the two companies will start immediately and occur over the coming year.
Rome Man Arrested for Child Pornography
- Clinton Briggs Miller, 26 of Rome, was arrested this week after police said he possessed several photos and videos of under-aged females engaging in sexual acts. Reports stated that Miller had threatened the victims, who police said were ages 14 and 16, if they stopped sending him the photos.
Summerville Listed as 1 of Safest Cities in Ga
- An internet blog called `safewise.com` has listed Summerville the third safest city in Georgia. The site says that they analyzed data from the FBI in cities with populations of 4,000 or more across Georgia and created a list of the forty safest cities. They then examine the number of violent crimes such as murder and rape, along with the number of property crimes in each city. They then calculate how often those crimes were reported per 1,000 people. Cities that had incomplete data or did not report their data to the FBI were removed from the list.
5 Month Investigation Nets 4 Arrests For Meth,Guns
- Calhoun Chief of Police Garry Moss and Gordon County Sheriff
Mitch Ralston reported that late last week a five (5) month
investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine and
firearms related offenses culminated in the arrests of four (4)
local people. A group of approximately thirty (30) federal,
state, and local law enforcement officers from the Federal Bureau
of Investigation (FBI) ‘Safe Streets Task Force’, Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Homeland
Security Investigations (HSI), Georgia Bureau of Investigation
(GBI), Georgia Department of Community Supervision (GDCS), as
well as the Calhoun Police Department and the Gordon County
Sheriff’s Office who’d jointly initiated the investigation,
were all involved in executing a series of search warrants at
locations in Calhoun and in Plainville.
GSBA to assist Floyd BOE in Superintendent Search
- The Floyd County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to approve a contract that will allow the Georgia School Boards Association to assist in finding a new superintendent. The school system will pay $7,000 for the services. The GSBA will post the position nationwide, narrow down the choices based on what the school board states they are searching for them conduct their background checks.
Northwest Georgia Credit Union Wins Youth Award
- Northwest Georgia Credit Union has been honored with a 2015
Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award. The award, sponsored
by the Georgia Credit Union Affiliates and the Credit Union
National Association (CUNA), recognizes leadership within the
credit union movement on behalf of youth financial literacy.
Northwest Georgia Credit Union created its own copyrighted
financial literacy program for local classrooms, called
learn.grow. Each year, this free, K-12 program is offered to
every school in Rome City and Floyd County. Through this program,
credit union representatives teach financial literacy lessons
to thousands of local students each year. Last year, 3,800
students were reached through learn.grow.
Harbin Clinic Cancer Center Host Bone Marrow Drive
- Harbin Clinic`s Tony E. Warren Cancer Center will host a Marrow
Donor Registry Drive, on Friday, Sept. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30
p.m in association with Bethematch.org. The drive will benefit
patients suffering from various blood cancers and diseases, like
leukemia and sickle cell anemia, who are in need of a bone marrow
Shorter Honors Longtime Faculty Members
- Shorter University has recognized four longtime faculty members
for their dedicated service by establishing the Legends of
Teaching Excellence Endowed Scholarship Campaign in their honor.
The scholarships will honor the almost two centuries of combined
teaching experience at Shorter University by Dr. Craig Allee
(Science), Dr. Richard Cowan (Mathematics), Dr. Terry Morris
(History/Policital Science), and Dr. Alan Wingard (Music/Fine
Transgender Rome Woman Released Early From Prison
- According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Ashley Diamond, the transgender inmate from Rome, who sued the Georgia Department of Corrections after being denied a safe environment and medically necessary gender dysphoria treatment, was released this week after more than three years in prison, where she was housed with male inmates and sexually assaulted eight times.
Diamond, 37, was released from Augusta State Medical Prison just five days after the Southern Poverty Law Center filed additional documents supporting her motion for preliminary injunction in a lawsuit filed in February. The papers, which include sworn statements from multiple transgender inmates, demonstrate that the GDC continues to systematically deny appropriate care to transgender inmates, despite having earlier announced a policy change.
Coosa Valley Credit Union Wins Dora Maxwell Award
- Coosa Valley Credit Union has won the 2015 Dora Maxwell Social
Responsibility Community Service Award in its asset size for
the state of Georgia with its creation of `The American Flag
Project`. Dora Maxwell was an early credit union pioneer, and
was one of the original signers of CUNA`s constitutions at Estes
Park in Colorado. She worked as an organizer for the movement`s
trade association and held numerous volunteer positions at the
local and national level.
New Tax Credits Benefit Businesses Who Educate
- Georgia employers can now take advantage of new tax credits when
they support employees’ successful completion of a General
Educational Development test. The Technical College System of
Georgia (TCSG) will work with businesses in the state to promote
the participation and success of employee GED attainment.
Kingston Woman Kills Self in Parking Lot
- Rome police said that a 39 year-old Kingston woman, Wenda Nicole Gunnels, shot and killed herself in front of a witness in the Dollar General parking lot on Shorter Avenue last Sunday. The witness reported that Gunnels was sitting in a truck when she got out with a .22 caliber handgun, pointed the gun and told everyone to ‘get away from her’. The witness said that she turned the gun and shot herself in the temple.
Job Recruitment for new hotel in Cartersville
- The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help Sleep Inn & Main Stay Suites hire a 25-member staff for a new hotel set to open next month in Bartow County.
The recruitment will be held Thursday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Cartersville Career Center located at 19 Felton Place in Cartersville.
Deal Names Top DJJ Advisors to State Steering Comm
- Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Criminal Justice Reform Council
announced the formation of the State Steering Committee for the
Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). The
committee, which will consist of juvenile court judges and
individuals from relevant state organizations, will work on
expanding this reform effort to counties throughout Georgia.
Bawa Announces Run for Rome City Commission
- Abeed Bawa of Garden lakes formally declared his candidacy for
Rome City Commission. Bawa, a resident of Rome since 2003,
owned the Dawg House at Mount Berry Square mall until 2014.
He is currently employed at Scott Logistics as a Logistics
Coordinator. `I`ve watched the dynamics change over the dozen
years I`ve lived here. We went from a city which thrived on
well-paying manufacturing jobs to a city with an unemployment
rate higher than the national average. If you drive around
Rome, you`ll notice the only expansion seems to be in the fast
food restaurant industry. More people are heading out of town
to find well-paying jobs. We have the talent and resources
right here. It`s time we put young minds in City Hall and
welcome new ideas and return Rome to prosperity.`
Isakson to do Tour of Georgia Military Bases
- U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today announced that he will tour four Georgia military bases on September 3 and 4, 2015, including two of those affected by the U.S. Department of Defense`s announcement on July 8, 2015, regarding changes in the total number of military personnel serving on the bases.
Cedartown Rep. Appointed to Study Floyd Tax Issue
- State Representative Trey Kelley (R-Cedartown) has been appointed to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee. Kelly will look at sales tax refunds and interest rates which is tasked to study the overpayment of sales tax in Floyd County.
Perdue Applauds Decision to Halt Waters Rules
- U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today released the following statement regarding North Dakota District Court Judge Ralph Erickson`s decision to halt the Environmental Protection Agency`s damaging `Waters of the U.S.` (WOTUS) rule from implementation in 13 states:
Deal presents Georgia tourism industry awards
- Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday recognized several of the state’s
top tourism professionals at the 2015 Georgia Governor’s Tourism
Conference in Savannah. The annual industry event, hosted by the
Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and the
Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau, brought
together more than 500 tourism industry professionals from
across the state.
Georgia manufacturing falls to six-month low
- According to the Purchasing Managers Index released this week Georgia manufacturing dropped 8.3 points to 45.9 in August. `The latest numbers indicate that manufacturing in Georgia is no longer expanding, and is infact contracted in August,` the report said. `New orders and production remained weak for the second consecutive month, each falling below 50. New orders were driven down as the percent of respondents reporting higher new orders slipped from 50 percent in June, to 39 percent in July, to 22 percent in August.`
Mableton Man Sent to Fed Prison for Ponzi Scheme
- Stafford S. Maxwell, 46, of Mableton, the former owner and Chief
Executive Officer of Millennium Capital Exchange, Inc., was
sentenced to three years, nine months years in prison for
orchestrating a multi-million dollar foreign exchange market
Ponzi scheme. According to U.S. Attorney Horn, in March 2007,
Maxwell incorporated and owned Millennium Capital Exchange, Inc,
which purported to be a foreign exchange market trading firm.
The foreign exchange market is the global market in which
participants buy, sell, exchange, and speculate on currencies.
The forex trading market consists of banks, commercial companies,
central banks, investment management firms, hedge funds, retail
forex brokers, and individual investors.
Forex trading involves the trading of currencies from different countries against each other. An example of a forex trade is buying Japanese yen while simultaneously selling United States dollars. Trading in foreign exchange markets frequently exceeds $5 trillion per day.
Forsyth Explosion Injuries One
- A Forsyth County explosion at the Rub-R-Wall Rubber and Polymer company injured one person on Wednesday. Division Chief Jason Shivers said the victim received only minor burns to his face and hands. Reports said that the fire was contained to a small area, and was put out quickly by an automatic fire extinguishing system inside the building.
GSP to be in Full Force this Weekend
- The Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching, and the Georgia
State Patrol is reminding motorists to put safety first.
`Troopers will be on concentrated and high visibility patrols
actively looking for impaired and unsafe drivers this holiday
weekend,` said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the
Georgia Department of Public Safety. The 78-hour Labor Day travel
period begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 4, and ends at
midnight on Labor Day.
Trident Seafoods Opens $40M Facility in Carrolton
- Trident Seafoods has opened a $40 million production and
distribution center in Carrollton, Ga., providing 175 full-time
jobs and the capacity to produce 50,000 tons of finished products
annually for the U.S. market. Savannah`s Garden City Terminal offers 84 refrigerated container
racks and 814 chassis plug-ins, powering 2,830 refrigerated
boxes at a time. Another 20 racks should be complete by the e
nd of the year, adding 480 refrigerated container slots.
Mega Georgia Hospitals Looks at Merger
- Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Medical Center announced this week that they have approved a non-binding letter of intent to begin discussions to combine their operations.
If an agreement for merger is reached, the two hospitals would create a major health care system serving rapidly growing areas of the Atlanta Region and North Georgia.
Three in Banks County Charged with Molestation
- The Banks County Sheriff`s Office has charged a Maysville woman, Amanda Elaine Craig, 37, and two teens, Levi William Craig, 18, and Malcom Xavier Mitchell, 19, as part of an ongoing child molestation investigation. The arrest stemmed from a search warrant at a home on Mangum Bridge Road in Maysville last Thursday.
DeKalb Cop, Homeowner Shot at Wrong Home
The Georgia Bureau of Investigations said on Wednesday that the DeKalb County police officer that entered the wrong home for a burglary call was accidentally shot by another officer, not by the homeowner. Reports said that three officers arrived at the home and attempted to contact any occupants inside. When no contact was made, the officers made their way around to the rear of the home and gained entry to the residence through a screened porch. The G.B.I. said police went through a `unlocked door`.
OSHA Cites Georgia Company After Amputation
- U.S. Labor officials have proposed $141,100 in fines against a manufacturer in Oakwood following two work-related finger amputations earlier this year. OSHA cited Primex Plastics Corp. for what the agency called two repeated, 18 serious and two other-than-serious safety and health violations. The investigation was launched in March, after the February 28 amputation. Company officials told inspections that a second amputation happened the night before on a similar machine, according to OSHA.
As promised last week, I will give my predicted finish, for what it`s worth, of the SEC West this week. Widely considered the best division in all of college football, the West promises to be an absolute bloodbath this season. Virtually any team in the division COULD win it. So here goes.
Alabama: I know, it`s not really a sexy pick like Auburn or Arkansas but in the end I still think that Alabama has the best coaching staff and has signed a top three recruiting class every year for as long as any of us can remember. That is a very difficult combination to beat on a regular basis. There is uncertainty at quarterback but the Tide can do the two most important things at any level of football. They can run the ball and they can stop the run. That will win you a lot of football games. Derrick Henry is a beast at running back and Saban fields incredible talent in the defensive front seven yet again. To be the man you have to beat the man….
Ole Miss: Unlike many folks, I do not think that last season was a fluke. This is the season that those elite recruits Hugh Freeze signed a few years back should really come into their own. This is their money season so to speak. I expect the Rebels to be one of the best defenses in the country again and the return of Laquon Treadwell will be a HUGE boost for the offense. It was not a coincidence that the Rebels` season took to rough turn as soon as Treadwell got injured. The matchup the third week between Ole Miss and Alabama should tell us a lot about the West.
Auburn: This is a popular pick by the so-called experts. Because somehow the addition of Will Muschamp at defensive coordinator is apparently worth five more wins. Pardon me if I`m just not convinced. In fact, I was very tempted to put LSU in this third spot. I am of the opinion that much of the Gators` defensive prowess during the Muschamp era was the result of Dan Quinn. We should know soon. There is no question that Gus Malzahn is a great offensive mind.
LSU: Les Miles has the luxury of one of the best running backs in the country in Leonard Fournette. The Tigers are another team with uncertainty at QB but they should be Alabama light. Solid defense and a pounding running attack. LSU is capable of beating anybody on any given weekend. I just don`t think they are capable of winning EVERY weekend.
Arkansas: I realize that this might be a bit of a reach. The Razorbacks have yet to be real contenders in the West under Bret Bielema. However, they have been getting steadily better. With 15 returning starters Arkansas finally has some continuity and experience in this system. I expect to see a big step forward for the hogs.
Texas A&M: The Aggies came into the SEC with guns blazing behind Johnny Football. While still a solid and well coached football team, I believe that A&M has taken a step back while the rest of their division has remained elite. Kevin Sumlin is a very good coach and they do return 13 starters but somebody has to lose games in this division.
Mississippi State: This is a strange one to figure out. The Bulldogs probably return the best quarterback in the SEC West and still nearly everyone, myself included, have them finishing last in their division. Part of the problem is that Dak Prescott is one of the few starters returning from last year. State only returns seven. The loss of defensive coordinator Geoff Collins doesn`t help matters either. Collins did a lot with less talent than many of his opponents. And again, somebody has to lose in these conference games.
So there you have it. I expect whoever wins the SEC West to also win the SEC Championship Game and earn a spot in the playoff. It could almost be any of the above teams.
Viking Men's Soccer Holds off Reinhardt
- Led by freshman Steven Moore`s goal, the Berry College men`s soccer team defeated Reinhardt University, 1-0, on Tuesday. The win improved the Vikes to 1-0 on the season. The loss dropped the visiting Eagles to 0-2.
Berry Vball Opens with 3-0 Victory at Maryville
- Emily Stromberg recorded her 1,000th career kill as the Berry College volleyball team defeated Maryville College, 3-0, on Tuesday. The set scores were 25-23, 25-16, and 25-19. The win improved BC to 1-0 on the season. The loss dropped MU to 0-1.
UGA Names Starting Quarterback
- The University of Georgia’s named Greyson Lambert as its starting quarterback for the season opener. Lambert, the transfer from Virginia, beat out longtime Bulldogs Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta.
Registration open for Willard Nixon Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tournament
- Registration is now open for the Willard Nixon Sports Hall of
Fame Golf Tournament on Thursday, October 29 at Stonebridge Golf
Course, which benefits the John Pinson, Jr. Student Athlete
Award Scholarship Program. `This is a wonderful event we look
forward to each year,` said Betsy Hampson, recreation manager
for Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation. `The funds that are raised
go to college-bound student athletes in Rome and Floyd County,
and we’re happy to honor their dedication.`
Sept 11 Memorial Service in Calhoun
- Please join us for a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. Friday, September 11th, 2015 at Trinity Baptist Church at 1170 Rome Road, Calhoun, Georgia for a Memorial Service honoring those public servants who made the Ultimate Sacrifice on September 11th, 2001, hosted by Sheriff Mitch Ralston.