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San Francisco ace and World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner pitched five shutout innings of relief as the the San Francisco Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals, 3-2.

The victory ended KC`s cinderella season and gave the Giants their third World Series win in 5 seasons.

The victory was marred by riots in San Francisco, as spontaneous celebrations turned violent. At least two people were shot, one was stabbed, and numerous arrests were made by police during the violence.

Former Brave, Tim Hudson. Hudson started for the Giants, but was pulled by manager Bruce Bochy in the second inning with the game tied at 2-2.

San Francisco`s Michael Morse got the Series winning hit, breaking a 2-2 tie with a fourth-inning RBI single off reliever Kelvin Herrera. After that it was all Bumgarner. He retired fifteen of the next seventeen batters to seal the Giants` win.

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  • Man Charged with Eating Drugs During Arrest - A wreck left resulted in a Rome man eating numerous drugs during his arrest. Reports said that Stephen Randall Elliott, 30, wrecked his car in a ditch on Old Cedartown Highway. When officers responded to the scene police noticed the stench of alcohol on his breath. After officers placed Elliott in the patrol car he removed several pills from his picket and ate an unknown amount. Several of them dropped on the floor and that is when officers discovered that the drugs were Valium pills.
  • Man Admits to Doing Meth Causes Wrecks - A homeless Silver Creek man, Timothy Steven Beam, 44, was arrested this week on numerous drug and driving charges. Reports said that Beam ran a stop sign at Donahoo and Reeceberg Road and eventually hit another car before leaving the scene and causing another accident. When officers finally pulled Beam over, reports said that he told officers that he had been smoking methamphetamines `all day`.
  • Stolen Jewelry Mailed Back, Lindale Man Arrested - Chad Brett Stager, 25 of Lindale, has been arrested and charged with the burglary of the Roman Trading Company. Reports said that Stager, a former employee, walked into the Broad Street business and disarmed the alarm system before taking an estimated $23,000 worth of jewelry.
  • High School Graduation Rate Increase, Trion Best - Georgia’s public high school graduation rate has increased for the third consecutive year, rising from 71.8 percent in 2013 to 72.5 percent in 2014, and rising a total of 5.1 percentage points since 2011. This is the fourth year Georgia has calculated the graduation rate using a new formula, known as the adjusted cohort rate, now required by the U.S. Department of Education. In Floyd County, Model topped the list with 85.5 percent, followed by Armuchee at 83.8 percent. Other schools included; Coosa with 83.1 and Pepperell finished last in Floyd County with a rate of 82.1 percent. Rome had a 81.3 percent graduation rate. In Bartow County, Adairsville - 67.2 percent, Cass - 67.2 percent, Woodland - 75.7 percent. Chattooga High School posted a 76.2 percent graduation rate. In Gordon County, Sonoraville posted 86.6 percent with Gordon Central at 85.6 percent. Polk County saw Rockmart with a 74.2 and Cedartown at 65.8 percent rate. Calhoun City posted a 92.3 percent rate with Cartersville High posting a graduation rate of 71.6 percent. The highest rate in the Coosa Valley belonged to Trion High School with a rate of 98 percent.
  • Calhoun Student Arrested for Gun at School - A student at Calhoun High School was arrested late Wednesday for allegedly having a gun on the school`s campus. The school issued a statement saying, `On the evening of Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at approximately 6:40 p.m., a Calhoun High School student was stopped, questioned, and subsequently arrested while on the campus of Calhoun High School and charged with the possession of a firearm. The student was not attending a school related function, and had no specific purpose for being on campus at the time of the arrest.`
  • Floyd County `Strikes` out Child Abuse - For the sixth year in a row, bowling enthusiasts in Floyd County of all skill levels will come together to raise money to prevent child abuse. `STRIKE Out Child Abuse` is scheduled for Tuesday, November 18th. According to event organizer, Robin Hice, `STRIKE Out Child Abuse brings everyone together for a fun-filled night of friendly competition. Not only do teams have the fun of bowling, we encourage them to get creative with their names and to carry that theme forward by dressing in costume. Teams can also ‘come as they are’--we want this to be a fun and relaxing evening for everyone.` The event benefits the Exchange Club Family Resource Center, a local non-profit agency that provides in-home parent education, training, and solutions to families experiencing challenges.
  • Shorter to honor Distinguished Alumni - Shorter University will honor three alumni, Ruth Parham Manning, Lisa Nelson and Georgia State Rep. Trey Kelley, with its 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards. The awards will be presented during halftime of the Shorter homecoming football game on Nov. 1 at Barron Stadium.
  • Convicted Child Molester to Serve 25 Years - Life in prison was the sentence for 51 year-old Barry Thomas Hardigree Wednesday. The Rome man was convicted on child molestation, aggravated child molestation and aggravated sodomy charge involving incidents dating back to 2011. The life sentence calls for 25 years to be served. He also received 25 years for child molestation to run concurrently.
  • Gang Awareness Seminar in Rome - The Floyd County Sheriff`s Office will be hosting a gang awareness and violence prevention seminar at The Forum on Nov. 11 from 6 to 7 p.m. The featured speaker will be Derek McKinney from the Georgia Department of Corrections.
  • Rome Robbery Suspect Spits in Deputys Face - The man accused of the armed robbery of the One Stop Shop on Maple Street earlier this month is now facing additional charges for allegedly spitting in the face of a deputy. Reports said that Micah Anthony Wood, 24, is now facing a felony obstruction and reckless conduct charge after he spit in the face of a deputy while he was getting a DNA swab.
  • Floyd Educators Meet to Discuss Charter Status - Close to 50 educators showed up to discuss the renewal of the Floyd County charter status on Tuesday. As reported on Coosa Valley News, several teachers had expressed concerns for wavers in the application. Assistant to the superintendent, Tim Hensley, told the educators that the waivers are simply a way to offer flexibility and would only be used to have a positive impact on the system.
  • Man Charged with Assaulting Rome Police Officer - Corey Dewayne Jones, 35 of Rome, found himself behind bars after he was accused of assaulting a Floyd County police officer and then attempted to run. Reports said that an officer was attempting to pull Jones over for not wearing a seatbelt. When he was asked to get out of the car, Jones attempted to speed away in his vehicle. Reports said that Jones drove his truck down Marvin Crowe Road, turned onto Park Road and through the yard of a home. It was there, officers said, the vehicle stalled out and the officer commanded him out of the car at gunpoint.
  • Leigha Burnham Named Media Specialist of the Year - The Georgia Library Media Association has named Armuchee resident Leigha Burnham as the Library Media Specialist of the Year for the Northwest Georgia District. She currently works for Gordon Central High School.
  • Woman Charged in Wreck that Killed Husband - Marian Gail Bell, 61, of Muscadine, Alabama, has been arrested in Floyd County for felony first-degree homicide by vehicle, as well as misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of drugs, and failure to yield while turning left. Police said that Bell was driving north on U.S. 27 when she attempted to make a left turn onto Walker Mountain Road and collided with a Floyd County vehicle. Her husband, Jerry Bell, 70, died as a result of the crash.
  • Gordon Co. Sheriff Responds to Human Rights Probe - The Gordon County Sheriff`s Office was notified this week that the `Southern Center For Human Rights` had published an internet article and letter to Sheriff Mitch Ralston containing a variety of allegations regarding inmate dietary and nutritional issues. After reviewing this article and letter, Ralston categorically reject the notion that inmates are denied basic nutritional needs, or indeed any basic human rights. The jail has a pre-existing contract with Trinity Food Services Inc. to provide inmate meals, which we have had since 2009.
  • Police Warn Locals About New Scam - The Federal Trade Commission has released a warning concerning a new method that scammers are using to fraudulently obtain funds from unsuspecting citizens. The FTC is warning that scammers are creating and sending fake renewal notices to citizens purporting to be from their local newspaper. The FTC further warms that the renewal notices have no relationship with the actual newspaper publisher or billing department and any funds remitted to these fictitious notices fall into the hands of the scammers.
  • Two North GA communities share in $13 million Loan - Two North Georgia communities, eight in the state, have received $13 million dollars in loans from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority. The loans will go to finance water, sewer, solid waste, and wastewater infrastructure improvements. Bartow County was awarded a $2.96 million Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan while Chatsworth was given a $3 million CWSRF loan.
  • Facebook Message Lands Rome Man in Jail - Floyd County Sheriff Deputies arrested William Lonnie Kitchen, 31 of Rome, this week after reports said he threatened a woman on Facebook. Reports said that the alleged victim had taken a temporary restraining order against him on Friday when he wrote the messages. He was picked up on Monday.
  • GHC Joins eCore to Increase Online Classes - Georgia Highlands College partnered with eCore, the University of Georgia System approved online class provider, to offer students greater online class availability beginning spring 2015. Jessica Blakemore, eCore associate director of marketing for collaborative programs, said, `eCore, which began in 2000, allows students to take the first two years of their curriculum online and offers Georgia`s core courses in English, mathematics, science, history, and the social sciences. Course credit earned in eCore is transferable to any USG institution.`
  • Grant Given for South Rome Literacy - Wells Fargo has given a $7,000 grant to the South Rome Redevelopment Corp. They money will be used though Georgia Northwestern Technical College to help increase GED enrollment among South Rome residents.
  • Shorter University, Inducts Honor Society - Shorter University’s Georgia Theta Chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society inducted 19 new members during a ceremony held Oct. 24 in Brookes Chapel. Alpha Chi members represent the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors academically across all disciplines.
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  • Floyd GOP Election Night Victory Party - The Floyd County Republican Party will hold an election night victory party at the Brewhouse Music & Grill on Broad Street in downtown Rome, GA on Tuesday, November 4 at 6:30pm.
  • Close to 100 Show up for Sam Nunn in Rome - Close to 75 people turned out to listen to former US Senator Sam Nunn speak to a bi-partisan crowd at the FCDP Campaign Headquarters on Broad Street Monday. Nunn spoke to the crowd about how his daughter Michelle Nunn is one of the least partisan people he has ever met. `There is a thirst of people to go to Washington that will put people in their community over their own interest and those of a political party,` Nunn said.
  • Perdue Stops by Rome - US Senate candidate David Perdue stopped by the Floyd County Republican Party office on Broad Street Monday morning. Close to 30 supports came to speak with Perdue and U.S. Congressman Tom Graves.
  • Early Voting had Started, Ballot - Early voting in Georgia has began, and will go until October 31. The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 4. Voters in Floyd County can go to the Floyd County Administration Building, 12 E. Fourth Ave to cast their early votes. A second poll will open from Oct. 27 to 31 at the Rome Civic Center, 400 Civic Center Drive.
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Come to Coosa Valley News this Friday starting at 5:30 for the LIVE call in sports talk program` In the Zone` with Tony Potts and Matt Smith as they gear you up for the football weekend! Tony and Matt with talk on high school, college and pro football, along with the hottest news in the world of sports! Plus You can call in with your questions!

Then! Listen this Friday night for the CVN High School Game of the Week! Pre-game starts at 7 with kickoff at 7:30! You can listen to Tony Potts and Matt Smith with the Play-by-play action plus you can follow local scores around the area!

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  • Gordon Central at North Murray
  • Chattooga at Dade County
  • Gordon Lee at Model
  • Pepperell at Cedartown
  • Rockmart at Central, Carrol
  • Adairsville at Coahulla Creek
  • Rome at Cass

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  • Mannington Mills to create 200 jobs in Morgan Co. - Mannington Mills, the world’s leading manufacturer of luxury vinyl tile, will further expand in Morgan County, creating an additional 200 jobs and investing $50 million into the project over the next four years. Mannington Mills will construct a 550,000-square-foot facility on new land in Madison to house additional manufacturing and distribution operations. This is the second expansion in the course of a year in Morgan County.
  • International Gang Member Sentenced in Atlanta - Remberto Argueta, a/k/a Pitufo has been sentenced to two concurrent life sentences for his role in a gang-related murder and attempted murders in the Atlanta area. According to reports, MS-13 is an international gang that has operated in the Atlanta area since at least 2005. The gang members staked out Gwinnett and DeKalb Counties as their home territory and used violence to defend their territory, attack rival gang members and commit armed robberies. The evidence presented at trial showed that Argueta, along with other members of MS-13, planned to rob Arpolonio Rios-Jarquin, a suspected drug dealer, at a hotel in April 2007. When Rios-Jarquin turned out to have his own gun, Argueta and his fellow MS-13 members engaged in a shootout with Rios-Jarquin that spilled outside the hotel room. Rios-Jarquin died from the multiple gunshot wounds inflicted on him. Surveillance video showed one of the MS-13 members stopped to pick up Rios-Jarquin`s weapon, which he later showed off as a trophy.
  • 2nd Murder Suspect Extradicted back to Cedar Bluff - The second suspect charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of a Cedar Bluff man is now in the Cherokee County Detention Center. Darrell Donzell Burgess, 36m was extradited back from Walker County, and booked on Wednesday. The other suspect, 21 year old Jeremiah Jackson, was brought back to Cherokee County on Monday.
  • Local GOP Leader Charged with Sexual Assault - The Union County Sheriff`s Office have arrested the alleged local Chair man of the Republican Party, Billy Joe Turnage, 76 of Blairsville, on charges of aggravated sexual assault and criminal attempt to commit rape. Reports said that the incident occurred last week and involved a 39-year-old female.
  • Henry Co. School Admin. Charged with Beating Child - A school administrator in Henry County was arrested this week and charged with beating a 9 year-old special needs student with a belt. Reports said that Larry Morey is an administrator at Ace Academy. Report said that Morey allegedly picked the student off the ground and beat him with the belt.
  • Trout Delayed Harvest Streams Open Saturday - Are trout streams calling you to go fish Georgia? Beautiful weather and fantastic scenery await you in the northern part of the state and beginning on November 1, fishing on five delayed harvest trout streams will open, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Trout streams are designated either seasonal or year-round. `Five year-round streams are managed under special regulations called Delayed Harvest,` said John Lee Thomson, Wildlife Resources Division trout stocking coordinator. `The ‘DH’ streams have special catch-and-release regulations from November 1-May 14, and are stocked monthly by WRD and our partner, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This combination of stocking and catch/release allows for good trout catch rates and high angler satisfaction.`
  • Report Looks at Student Drop-Out Numbers - Communities In Schools of Georgia - part of the nation`s leading dropout prevention organization - released this week a report demonstrating the program`s impact on dropout rates, highlighted by local success stories, as well as data regarding the program`s recent expansion to provide additional services to students in the region. `Communities In Schools Site Coordinators go above and beyond, and will do whatever it takes to make sure they`re safe and are able to concentrate in school,` said Carol Lewis, President and CEO of Communities In Schools of Georgia in the new report, entitled Unlocking the Full Potential of Students in Georgia. We go to great lengths because if you can save the children, you can make a difference in the economics and quality of life in your community.`
  • Olens Appoints Human Trafficking Prosecutor - Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens announced Wednesday that he has appointed a new prosecutor, Camila Wright, who will be dedicated to the prosecution of human trafficking. As a prosecutor for the Attorney General’s Office, she will have the authority to prosecute human trafficking throughout the entire state and will assist jurisdictions as they work these complex cases. In addition to handling prosecutions, Ms. Wright will conduct trainings around the state for law enforcement and oversee the Attorney General’s policy agenda on human trafficking.
  • DPS Offering Training for Intrastate Motor Carrier - The Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) of the Georgia Department of Public Safety is now offering educational video training on commercial motor vehicle safety and motor carrier safety operations for Georgia intrastate motor carriers. This training meets the training requirements for the Georgia Intrastate Motor Carrier (GIMC) Registration program. The training is offered free of charge and began October 1.
  • Investment Banker Sentenced to 30 Years - Aubrey Lee Price, a 48 year-old former Georgia investment advisor, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after being found guilty of losing millions of clients` dollars before he vanished. Reports said that he pleaded guilty in June to three counts of fraud. A judge had previously declared him dead after letters hinted at him committing suicide.
  • Chicken Recalled in Georgia Due to Contamination - Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of some breaded chicken products that have been distributed here in Georgia, because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Staphylococcal enterotoxin. Georgia Department of Agriculture inspectors will be checking retail establishments to make sure the recalled product is removed from commerce and further distribution. Here is the recall announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS):
  • Kennesaw Man Sentenced, Steals $355K - A 55 year old Kennesaw man, Donald J. Eye, pleaded guilty this week and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Eye said he emptied the bank account and investment accounts of his ailing father-in-law, which totaled close to $355,000 over a two year span.
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Arthur Blank sounded legitimately angry about the latest Falcons loss in London. He rightfully questioned how you lose a game where you had a 21-0 lead. Blank does not strike me as the type to be angry and not address the situation. I think there will be changes in the Falcons organization barring a dramatic turnaround. Just how sweeping those changes will be remains to be seen. But, I think it is safe to say that changes are coming.

The most glaring issue with this Falcons team is a lack of talent. I know that sounds strange given the fact that Atlanta has Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White and Stephen Jackson. Indeed there are a plethora of offensive weapons. The problem is that those weapons are rendered virtually useless without an effective offensive line. The Falcon O-line was going to be a question mark regardless but the season ending injury to Sam Baker made that question a downright concern. The lack of a quality offensive line is holding the offensive production down considerably.

That offensive struggles are made that much worse by the fact that the Falcons have almost no playmakers on defense. The defensive line lacks anyone who requires an offensive coordinator to game plan for them. Osi Umenyiora was once a dominant defensive end. He is well past his prime now and is nearly ineffective as a Falcon. Johnathon Babineaux is a solid defensive tackle but he is not truly disruptive. Linebacker is even worse. With the loss for the second straight season of Sean Weatherspoon, the linebacker unit is without a single real playmaker as well. Paul Worrilow is decent and makes a lot of tackles but most of those tackles come three yards after the line of scrimmage. The secondary is better as the two young cornerbacks grow into true NFL starters but with William Moore on injured reserve the safeties are adequate at best.

The bottom line is that this Falcons roster is not good enough to challenge for a championship. While Mike Smith might find his job in jeopardy over what has been a dismal season to this point, the real concern here is the talent Thomas Dimitrof has given him to work with. I had high hopes for Dimitrof when he was first hired. He had to learn something at New England. His first few draft picks and off season moves seemed good if not great. But, there is no excusing the fact that this Atlanta team is without the talent to compete consistently in the NFL for the second season in a row. It may be that Atlanta never recovered from all of those draft picks they gave up to get Jones.

So will Arthur Blank make changes at the end of the season? If so, how extensive? One has to start wonder if Matt Ryan is the answer anymore at quarterback. He should have plenty of good years left in him but for the second straight season he makes questionable decisions every game. Ryan has been hit a lot the last few years. That kind of abuse can take its toll on a quarterback. Perhaps that is why Ryan seems to start games well only to get progressively worse as the game wears on. This year`s Falcons are struggling horribly on offense in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter. That will get you beaten often in this league.

Perhaps Blank will be patient. This is Atlanta after all. The sports fans in this region have grown accustomed to mediocrity. It the city`s history. It seemed like the Falcons were close to not only breaking that spell but becoming a dynasty. My how quickly that has dissolved. I do not profess to know what Arthur will do, but I certainly won`t blame him if he decides that he has seen enough of this group of Falcons. I believe I have.

Mark Miller

  • 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.
  • NCAA Rules 4 Game Suspension for Todd Gurley - The NCAA ruled this week that Georgia running back Todd Gurley must sit out until Nov. 15 for accepting more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period. The school applied for Gurley`s reinstatement after he missed the last two games while the school investigated allegations of improper benefits.
  • Pancake Breakfast Set for Saturday December 6th - The Rome Braves will hold a pancake breakfast on Saturday December 6th to benefit the Braves Miracle Field of Rome. The event will take place at State Mutual Stadium from 7AM - Noon. Tickets are just $8 for all you can eat pancakes and sausage served in the Three Rivers Club. The annual 50 Percent Off sale will take place from 7AM - 3PM with half off most everything in the Tradin` Post.
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    • Trail of Tears Announce Next Meeting - The next meeting of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 10:30 AM at the Old Newnan train depot in Newnan, GA. This is one of three historic buildings operated by the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society (NCHS). The speaker will be former Georgia TOTA president Jeff Bishop who is also the current director of the NCHS. Jeff will be speaking about the Creek Indians who lived in this area of Georgia.

      Shorter to Present Choral Concert - Shorter Universitys School of Fine and Performing Arts will present its fall choral concert, Friendship and Faith, on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Brookes Chapel. The Homecoming Weekend event is open to the public. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for senior adults and students. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the Shorter University Box Office at 706-233-7288 or emailing