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For Jamie Higgins it was one of the greatest moments in her life to be named this year`s Miss Star Trek Universe at DragonCon in Atlanta. Listen as Jamie talks about what got her into the sci-fi world as well as her love for Star Trek. Jamie speaks on her passion for not only her family but her love for her job. It is because of the uniqueness that Jamie brings to the Coosa Valley, we honor her at this week`s Coosa Valley News Person of the Week.

  • Deputy Shoots Kills 18 Year Old Polk Co Man - An off-duty Polk County Sheriff’s office was involved in a shooting that resulted in the death of 18 year-old Levi Weaver on Friday. Authorities said that Weaver was shot twice in the chest by chief jail administrator Jerry Shellhouse at Weaver`s home. Reports said that while holding a baseball bat and a knife, Weaver lunged at Shellhouse after law enforcement was responded to the home.
  • Gas Station Employee Steals Credit Card - Floyd County police arrested Shrinia Victoria Jackson, 26 of Shannon, after she allegedly took a man’s credit card and used it to make three purchases; two $50 and a $60. Reports said that she committed the alleged crime while working as a cashier at the Kangaroo gas station on Calhoun Road.
  • Rome Child Breaks World Record - At Saturdays Roman Rumble, Rome, GA-native and Darlington student William Tullis shattered the age-group 5k road race world record. His time of 21:21 appears to be the best official recorded time for a 7 year old male, according the Association of Road Racing Statisticians.
  • Georgia among nations leaders in job growth - Georgia is ranked sixth nationally and third in the Southeast for top job growth. With the creation of over 79,300 new jobs in the past 12 months, Georgia represents a strong 2.0 percent annual growth rate, which is higher than the nations average of 1.8 percent. These encouraging numbers were announced today by the U.S. Department of Labors Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Georgia also had solid over-the-month growth, ranking sixth in the nation and third in the Southeast. Georgia ranks in the top 10 states for percentage growth over the month. The number of jobs in Georgia totaled 4,132,900 in August, up from 4,053,600 in August 2013. The August-to-August job growth was the second largest in Georgia since 2005.
  • Calhoun Man Pulls Knife on State Trooper - A Calhoun man, Timothy Eric Holtzclaw, 23, found himself behind bars over the weekend in Floyd County over the weekend after a Georgia State Trooper said he pulled a knife on him. Holtzclaw is charged with felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer, misdemeanor pedestrian under influence of drugs and crossing the roadway elsewhere than at the crosswalk.
  • Man Who Slit Throat Finally Arrested - The man whom cut his own throat was finally arrested over the weekend. Reports said that Adam Sye Daniel Demp¬sey, 40 of Rome, was released from a behavior hospital in Lawrenceville and booked into the Floyd County Jail on charges of felony theft by bringing stolen property into the state.
  • Child Found Walking Down Road Soaked in Urine - A Gordon County couple was arrested this week after a 4 year-old boy was found walking down Red Bud Road alone, and soaked in urine. Reports said that a driver noticed the child and pulled over. She told police that a woman, Maria D. Hernandez, 26, pulled up and told her that he was her child. After notifying police police went to the couple`s home and they were told that she did not get off work until 7 am and that her husband had to be at work at 7 am, as a result they left their 4 year-old and 2 year-old at home sleep.
  • 2 Arrested During Traffic Stop, Guns/Weapon - A routine traffic stop in Calhoun led police to find a gun and drugs. Reports said that officers spotted Adrian Jerome Barlow, 22 of Calhoun, driving without a seatbelt on West Line Street. When he pulled over officers also noticed that a 2 year-old and 6 month-old child were not properly restrained. The officer also said that they noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A passenger, Jesse Kyle Beacham, 22, of Calhoun, then allegedly gave police a false name, but the officer recognized him. It was then a search was conducted inside the car and of the adults.
  • Berry educator reappointed to Harvard Museum - A Berry College biology professor has been re-appointed to the position of Associate of Invertebrate Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. Bruce Conn, who has a Ph.D. in parasitology, is in charge of the parasite fossil specimens at the museum which houses millions of fossil vertebrate and invertebrate specimens for research and analysis. Conn has now been re-appointed to the position four consecutive times, each time receiving a five-year appointment.
  • 1.2 Million Childhood Education Dollars To NW Ga - The next generation of Northwest Georgia students and Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) will benefit from a 1.2 million dollar gift headed their way. The State of Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning has awarded the Early Education Empowerment Zone initiative grant to benefit the children of Catoosa, Gilmer, Gordon, Murray, and Whitfield counties. The announcement came from the department, also known as `Bright From The Start,` this past week. The grant will help build up the care and education programs in the Peach State, `reducing the achievement gap for our most vulnerable children,` said State of Georgia Interim Commissioner Amy Jacobs in a recent media release.
  • Arrest Made in Cedartown Store Gambling - Following this week`s gambling raids at two Cedartown convenience stores, authorities have arrested 56 year-old Vanessa Gibbons of Cedartown. She was charged late this week with felony commercial gambling. Gibbons worked as a clerk at the Chevron gas station at Main Street and East Avenue.
  • Expact Low Traffic as DOT Mows 16 Highways - Georgia DOT’s maintenance crews are set to work this week on mowing the roadsides of State Route SR 53 and SR 100 in Floyd and Polk counties; SR 156, SR 136 Connector, and SR 3 in Gordon County; and SR 157 in Chattooga County. Work will proceed daily between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., weather permitting through Thursday, September 25.
  • Sewer Spill Reported in Armuchee - A sewer spill was reported in Armuchee on Thursday. According to the Rome/Floyd County Sewer Division, roots caused close to 2,000 gallons of discharge into an unmade tributary leading into the Oostanaula River approximately 600 feet east of the end of Glen Lake Road.
  • Woman Attacks Jail Deputies AGAIN - The woman accused of hitting and scratching a Floyd County Deputy earlier this the week, Monique Sherina Fleming, 18, of Rome, is now facing more charges. Feleming was charged Thursday with felony obstruction of an officer and simple battery after she refused to go in her cell before lunging at deputy Sharon Poe and grabbing her face. She was charged earlir in the week with felony obstruction of an officer and simple battery after she was accused of hitting and scratching deputy Stephen Carswell in the face while he was trying to escort her to her cell.
  • Teens Arrested for Polk County Car Break-ins - Polk County authorities said that two teenage boys have been arrested for numerous auto break-ins at homes on Mountain View Court, Stone Gate Drive, Summer Wind Drive, and Michael Boulevard. They are charged with 10 counts of entering autos.
  • Arrest Made in Armuchee Car Break-ins - Floyd County Police have arrested Jeffrey Kurt Jenkins, 21 of Rome, in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries that occurred in the Birchfield subdivision in Armuchee last month. Jenkins is charged with nine counts of felony entering an auto.
  • Georgia’s unemployment rate rises to 8.1% - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 8.1 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 7.7 percent in July. The rate in August of last year was 8.2 percent. There were 4,132,900 jobs in Georgia in August, the most since June 2008. Jobs were up by 0.6 percent, from 4,108,200 in July. The monthly gains came in government at 16,600 as seasonal school workers returned to their jobs after summer layoffs. Education and health services added 7,700 jobs, manufacturing recorded 4,000 new jobs, construction added 1,600 jobs, and other services added 1,500.
  • Trion Police Chief Announces Resignation - Trion Police Chief Chad Spraggins announced his resignation this week. Spraggins said that he plans to stay in law enforcement, but due to some family issues, he was stepping down from the job of Police Chief in Trion. He added that he will stay on the job until September 30.
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  • NRA Endorses Nathan Deal for Governor - On behalf of our five million members across the country, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) endorsed Nathan Deal for reelection as Governor of Georgia. Based on his support of and commitment to the Second Amendment, Deal has earned an `A` rating from the NRA-PVF in the 2014 general election. An `A` rating is reserved for a pro-gun elected official who has consistently supported the NRA`s position on votes of importance to gun owners and sportsmen.
  • Deal: Expand Strategic Industries grant - Gov. Nathan Deal announced his proposal to expand Georgia`s Strategic Industries Workforce Grants (SIWG) to include four additional areas of study in high demand: computer programing, certified engineering technician, film/set design and precision manufacturing. The plan builds on an earlier initiative that provides full technical college tuition for students in seven critical-need fields of study.
  • 100 Blackmen to Host Political Debate in Rome - The 100 Blackmen of Rome/Northwest Georgia Inc. , AARP, Delta Sigma Theta Soroity, Rome/Floyd County NAACP and MLK Commission will host a political forum at the Rome Civic Center on Tuesday, October 7. The event will begin at 5 pm with a meet and greet as well as refreshments. Opening Statements will begin at 6 pm with candidates given two minutes. It will be followed by questions from the audience.
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  • Gordon Central - 6 at Ringgold - 41
  • Pepperell - 27 at Chattooga - 7
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  • Breman - 40 at Rockmart - 34
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  • Rome - 39 at Creekview - 42

  • GDOL Wns Technology Innovations Award - The Georgia Department of Labor’s (GDOL) Information Technology Division has won the Georgia Technology Authority’s (GTA) Technology Innovations Showcase Award for the second straight year. The department won for improving state government operations. The award was presented to the GDOL at the Georgia Digital Government Summit in Atlanta. The department was recognized for its implementation of the Quick Wage System for Unemployment Insurance Tax, a technology that allows for automated input of employee wage data without manually keying in the information.
  • DOT to Do Welcome Center Work - Georgia DOT in Northwest Georgia will begin on Monday to perform maintenance work on some of the entrances and exits as well as the parking lots of the Georgia Welcome Center in Ringgold just south of the Tennessee State line, and the Resaca Rest Area along Interstate 75. The entrances and exits of these two facilities are scheduled for concrete repair work, while some of the parking lots will undergo asphalt repairs. These maintenance operations will involve brief intermittent lane restrictions, which will result in little to no traffic disruptions.
  • Hearing Ade Coverage Expanded for Ga Kids - The Georgia Public Service Commission unanimously approved an expansion of the Hearing Aid Distribution Program which provides hearing aid services to children from ages 0 to 19. The Commission approved an amendment to its contract with the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation which contracts with the Commission to provide hearing aid services.
  • DFCS Counselor Guilty of Raping 14 Year-old - Former Fulton County DFCS counselor Earl Hopper, 39, was convicted this week on molesting a 14 year-old girl. He was then sentenced in absentia to life plus 51 years in prison. Hopper initially denied involvement in the 2011 incident, but DNA evidence linked him to the attack and he was arrested.
  • New Statewide PREA Coordinator Named - Commissioner Brian Owens announced the promotion of Sharon Ray Shaver as the Department’s new Statewide PREA Coordinator effective September 16, 2014. In this capacity, Shaver will serve as liaison in all matters associated with the National Prison Rape Elimination Act and subsequent U.S. Department of Justice Final Rule of 2012. In addition, Shaver will provide consultation, guidance, and assistance to facilities and probation staff.
  • Gwinnett Board Gives Names to 3 Newest Schools - Gwinnett County schools approved the names for three of its newest schools, which are currently under construction. Officials had asked residents to submit suggested names for the schools. A committee of parents and educators reviewed the recommendations, with help from the Gwinnett Historical Society. The schools are scheduled to open in 2015.
  • DeKalb Bookkeeper Arrested for Stealing Deposits - Stephine Barkley, a bookkeeper in DeKalb County has been fired and arrested after reports said she allegedly stole close to $15,000 in deposits from Lithonia High School. She was charged with theft by taking.
  • Former GT Star Arrested for Domestic Violence - Former Georgia Tech and current Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer,25, has been arrested and charged with one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts of criminal damage, one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency, and assault.
  • Pot Patch Found in Leesburg, 3 Arrest Made - According to Cherokee, County AL Sheriff Jeff Shaver, investigators with the Sheriff’s Office and the Alabama Forestry Commission were conducting surveillance of a marijuana patch in the Leesburg area near Alabama Highway 273 and observed Kenneth Leroy Mackey tending to the plants. Surveillance conducted on previous dates led to the identification of James C. Wainwright and Jerry Allen Walker also tending the plants. As a result, all three individuals were arrested and charged with first degree unlawful possession of marijuana.
  • Savannah Harbor Has Highest Cargo Month Ever - The Georgia Ports Authority reached an all-time high in container trade in July, moving 293,889 twenty-foot equivalent container units, a 19.2 percent increase over the previous year. `Improved confidence among U.S. retailers, newly added port customers, and shifting cargo from U.S. West to East Coast are all fueling the growing cargo volumes at Georgia’s deepwater ports,` said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. `Savannah has the space to more than double its throughput as more shippers choose East Coast ports to serve the fast-growing Southeastern U.S.`
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So, is anyone else tired of hearing about Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy?

What I am more shocked about is Florida State. How can Jimbo Fisher continue to allow his quarter back Jameis Winston to get away with utter stupidness at FSU? Yes, Winston was not `charged` with raping that woman, but OJ was innocent of killing Nicole right? Jameis later stole crab legs. Now he decides to stand up in the middle of a cafeteria and yell an obscene sexual phrase about women. I`m sorry, but if you don`t` have any more class than that, you shouldn`t be taking a `class` at FSU at all.

Atlanta has a new meaning for the Washington DC Nationals. Do you know what DC stands for in Atlanta? Division Champions.

Think about Major League Baseball right now. If all turns out as planned, 2 teams on the Beltway (Washington/Baltimore - 40 miles), 2 teams in the same city (Las Angeles Dodgers/Angels) could make the playoffs and make for an exciting World Series.

It`s amazing how UGA fans can go from mountain top to fire everyone in less than 5 hours. There was a lot of blame to go around and yet it was just `one of those things` last Saturday in Columbus. I really don`t think 1 thing cost the Dawgs the game. Bad calls from the refs, bad play call, two missed field goals, yadda yadda yadda. The last two times UGA lost to Carolina they went on to win the East. No more mistakes. Take care of business and your goals are still obtainable. Easy Bulldawg Nation.

So last week it reminded me one important thing. Never bet on games with your heart.

Last week I went 7-3 with the Dawgs winning, despite going against my better judgment knowing how the Ol Ball Coach feels about the Dawgs.

Let`s hope for a 10 for 10 this week in Potts Picks!

  • Oregon over Washington State
  • Florida State over Clemson
  • South Carolina over Vandy
  • Oklahoma over West Virginia
  • LSU over Mississippi State
  • Georgia over Troy
  • Alabama over Florida
  • NFL- Chicago over New York
  • NFL - Seattle over Denver
  • NFL - Houston over New York Giants

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  • Hawks fall to No. 3 Limestone - Still looking for their first win of the season, the Hawks knew No. 3 Limestone was going to be a tough opponent. But, Shorter rose to the occasion, and despite falling 2-1, the Hawks proved they aren`t to be taken lightly.
  • Lady Hawks make history with 2-0 win - Women`s soccer made history Tuesday with a 2-0 win over Truett-McConnell College. The win improves the Lady Hawks to 4-0 on the season and gives Shorter its best start in program history.
  • 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.
  • Shorter Football Falls at Dallas - The first half was everything the Shorter Hawks had hoped for. The second half, however, proved to be the same old story as the Hawks saw a 19-7 halftime lead quickly evaporate in the final 30 minutes of play as the West Texas A&M Buffaloes rallied to hand Shorter a 27-19 defeat in a Lone Star Football Festival showdown Saturday at AT&T Stadium.
  • Lady Vikings Fall to Emory - Berry College lost at sixth-ranked Emory, 3-0, on Saturday. The Vikings dropped to 5-2 and the Eagles improved to 3-0-2.
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    • New Exhibit Opens at Moon Gallery - Artist Rick Berman will give a gallery talk at 7 p.m. to open his exhibit Monday (Sept. 22) in Berry College Moon Gallery. Bermans work, Clayworker, will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Sep. 22 through Oct. 17. Both events are free and open to the public.

      Berry College offers theatre, concerts and a lecture series - The Berry College Theatre Company will perform its rendition of The Fantasticks from Sept. 25 to Oct. 5. Performances will be held each week, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the E.H Young Theatre located on campus.

      Shorter University presents The Miracle Worker - The heroic true story of Helen Keller and her beloved teacher, Annie Sullivan, will unfold at Shorter Universitys Callaway Theatre. `The Miracle Worker` will run nightly Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 25-27 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call the Shorter University box office at 706-233-7288 to reserve tickets.

      Tellus Museum to host T-Rex Lunch and Learn - LUNCH AND LEARN at Tellus Science Museum. The Lifestyle of Tyrannosaurus Rex by Dr. Dion Stewart on Wednesday, Sept 24 12:15 PM. Members: FREE. Non-Members: Regular Admission. What did the Tyrannosaurus rex eat? How fast could it run? Dr. Dion Stewart, Professor of Geology at Georgia Perimeter College will discuss how scientists answer these and many other questions by examining the fossils of the T-Rex.

      Registration Underway for Miracle Field of Rome - Registration for the Miracle field of Rome has begun and will continue until September 26th through Rome-Floyd Parks & Recreation Authority. The registration fee is still $50 per player, however, there are scholarship opportunities for interested families. October 4th will be a pre-season practice at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm. Uniforms will be distributed at this time. The season will open on Saturday October 11th with games at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, & 2:30pm. A break will take place on October 18th and play resumes October 25th. Starting October 25th, games will move back to 11am, 12pm, & 1pm for the remainder of the season through November 15th.

      60 and Over Softball Seeking Players - The Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority is registering for 60 and Over Senior Softball Recreation League. The league is open to men and women ages 60 and over. The registration fee is $35 and includes a t-shirt. Games are held at 10 a.m. on Thursdays at Alto Park. This is a recreational league with a few modified rules to ensure safety.

      GDOL to host job training recruitment in Cedartown - The Georgia Department of Labors (GDOL) will host a special recruitment 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 recruitment will be held Thursday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cedartown Career Center, 262 North Park Blvd.

      Register Now for Girls Fall Volleyball - The Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority is registering for Girls Fall 14U and 12U Volleyball leagues. The non-school district leagues introduce proper fundamental techniques for skill development and team play in accordance with GHSA rules.

      Chart Toppers Building 429 to Play in Rome - Coosa Ridge is pleased to welcome Christian Radio chart toppers and Grammy nominees Building 429 on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Ridge Ferry Park Amphitheatre, with special guests, Love & The Outcome; Cadence; & Humble T.I.P. The show will feature songs heard on local Christian stations including, `Where I Belong`, Wrecking Ball, & `We Won`t Be Shaken` by Building 429. Come sing along in worship with Love & The Outcome, rock with Cadence, and get inspired by Christian hip-hop artist Humble T.I.P. for a night the whole family will enjoy.

      Job Readiness Event set for Sept. 27 in Cartersville - The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) and Must Ministries will provide group and individual assistance to job seekers in Cartersville on Saturday, September 27, designed to help them be successful in their search for employment. The GDOL Job Readiness Event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bartow College and Career Academy, 738 Grassdale Road. The event will be co-sponsored by Must Ministries, Bartow College and Career Academy, Clarence Brown Conference Center, Chattahoochee Technical College, and Georgia Highlands College. The departments Special Workforce Assistance Team (SWAT) and Must Ministries will conduct a number of workshops, including Dress for Job Success, Interviewing Skills, Creating A Value-Based Resume, What A Can-Do Attitude Can Do, Coaching Sessions and Impressions and Etiquette. Attendees will also receive hands-on assistance in developing their own social media pages, creating personal business cards for their job search, and developing their own 30-second commercial to market themselves for new career opportunities. They will also have the opportunity to have their risumi critiqued by professional risumi writers. A select number of participants will also receive a voucher for an outfit to wear for job interviews.