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Economy Stagnation?  
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A poll by Rutgers University`s John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, found that 71% of Americans currently believe that the Great Recession permanently altered the economy.

Economists think that the problem actually began earlier and was masked by the housing boom of the early 21st century. From end of World War II to about 2000, the economy grew, on average, over 3.5%. Since 2000, the rate has been under 2%.

Current growth of the economy per person is down roughly 10% from its rate in the last half of the 20th century.

Both of these numbers, while not good, actually understate the problem that most people face because growth has been uneven. Growth has been concentrated in both lower and higher income brackets. Much of the growth in jobs has been in low wage jobs. Most of the growth in wages has been in upper income jobs.

According to the Social Security Administration, the result is that the ratio of wages that include the highest earners to those in the middle has fallen from 72% to 65%, down about 10%.

Average household income for people in the middle, after adjusting for inflation, remains well below its level in 2000.

Economists call the situation, `secular stagnation.` They have a variety of explanations, including slow growth in population, aging, diminishing impact of rising education levels, and rising public debt.

All of this is taking place despite the low interest rate and massive cash infusions from the Fed and other central banks and huge government deficits.

The Rutgers study shows that those polled aren`t encourages about the ability of government to `fix` the problems either. Only 22% think that the government can do much to change things. That is down by about 50% in just the last year and a half.

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Jon Griffin is the owner of a gun range in Floyd County. Listen to Jon as he speaks about his first two years in business and what resulted in him taking the chase of a lifetime of starting his own company. Find out what feedback he has gotten from the local community as well as some things you may not realize about what it is like inside a gun range!

  • Jury Finds Cartersville Roomates Guilty of Murder - Two Cartersville residents, Tammy Lynn Murphy and Steven Mark Eller, were found guilty Thursday for the murder of 47 year-old Danny Lamar Gravely. Reports said that Gravely`s body was found last year in the bed of his truck on Red Top Road. The jury reached a guilty verdict for both on felony murder, aggravated assault and concealing the death of another charges. Eller was also found guilty of malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime while
  • Wreck Claims the Life of High School Students - Three teenagers are dead, as well as 57 year-old Bryan Bartley, in a two vehicle crash in Chatsworth late this week. Reports said that Bartley was in his front yard cutting grass when he was struck by a car driven by River Sosbee, 18, as it lost control resulting in it flipping and rolling. Two passenters in Sosbee`s car, Joshua Roberts, 17, and Chelsie Hullender, 18, were pronounced dead at the scene. A fourth passenger was lifefighted to Erlander Medical Center.
  • Man Arrested for Bribery During Drivers Test - An Atlanta Man, Zulfigar Ahmad, 52, was arrested in Rome on Thursday after he offered an examiner with the Georgia Department of Driver Services $100 to give him a passing exam score. Reports said that the examiner told Ahmad that the test was over due to him failing to follow proper directions. They reported to officers that on two separate occasions Ahmad offered them $100 cash to give him a passing score.
  • Floyd Co. Library Seeks Renovation Funding - Floyd County`s Sara Hightower Regional Library has requested a major renovation which is estimated to come with a price tag of up to $135,000. Executive Director Delana Hickman said that she is requesting for a new fire and burglar alarm system for the building. She added that the current alarm system was installed in the late 1980`s.
  • Drug Raid Nets 2 Arrest - The Rome-Metro Drug Task Force arrested two people, Aubie Leigh Ann Duncan, 18, and Bobby Leon Brock, 32, at an Elmwood Drive home following a raid on Thursday. Both were charged with possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession and use of drug related objects, possession of methamphetamine, drugs not in original container and possession of marijuana less than one ounce.
  • Companies Join to Connect NWGA Counties - NGN, Parker FiberNet, and ETC Communications launched a partnership this week to create the Education Exchange, a fiber optic network to connect schools across North Georgia. The partnership forms a 3,600-mile network, extending across 30 counties from the western to the eastern border of Georgia.
  • Man Chases Robbery Suspect Wearing Boxers - Police were investigating a theft after reports of a man running down Martha Berry Highway was reported. According to police, a man staying at the Scottish Inn on Martha Berry allowed a man in his room that wanted a drink. The male victim said that the suspect and a female allegedly rushed to his wallet, which contained $247, and quickly exited the room. The victim, wearing only his underwear, chased the suspects down the road.
  • Police Searching for Person of Interest in Robbery - Rome Police released a picture of a suspect, identified as Amberia Nicole Smith, who is a person of interest in a robbery that occurred on August 16 on a bike trail near the river and Tuner McCall Blvd. Reports said that the victim was walking the section of trail between Olive Garden and Blu Fin when the suspect or suspects took his wallet, which contained 5-dollars, an ID, a work permit and a Wells Fargo bank card.
  • GSD Earns SACS Accreditation - Georgia School for the Deaf principal Leslie Jackson announced that they school has earned accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement, an accreditation division of AdvancED. SACS CASI provides nationally-recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet SACS CASI`s high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school and implement a continuous process of school improvement.
  • Rome/Cartersville Honored for Downtown Achievement - Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that 13 Georgia cities were recently awarded for outstanding achievement in urban design, economic development, organizational projects and downtown promotions at the annual Georgia Downtown Conference Awards of Excellence ceremony. In Rome, the Downtown Development Authority and the Rome/Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority won Gold in Promotions for the Zombie-thon 5K & Apocalyptic Block Party. The city of Cartersville won the prestigious Downtown Development Program of the Year award for its significant work in all four categories.
    Photo: Kristi Kent, Rome-Floyd Parks & Recreation, Amanda Carter, Rome Downtown Development, Jay Shell, DDA Promotions Chairman with Billy Peppers, Department of Community Affairs and Tommy Lowmon, President, GA Downtown Association
  • Teen Birth Rates Continue to Decline in Floyd Co. - According to numbers from the Northwest Georgia Public Health, teen pregnancy rates are on the decline. The report said that Floyd County`s average is 24.8 birth pers 1,000 teens between the ages of 15 and 17. The state`s average is listed at 21.3 births. Floyd County`s numbers are down 2 percent over the previous study.
  • N. Georgia Scholarship Winner Makes Name National - The 2014 class of Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation scholarship recipients are off and underway this fall. GNTC’s foundation awarded scholarships to students at 29 high schools in the college’s nine-county service area this past spring. A 2013 recipient made big waves on the national stage in his first year in college, thanks in part to his gift from the GNTC Foundation. Jonathan Hammond, a 19-year-old from Chatsworth, Georgia, is on his way to being one of the region’s top computer support specialists.
  • Two Arrest Made at Canard Street Home - Floyd County Police made two separate arrest at a home on Canard Street this week. Reports said that the resident of the home, Joseph Steven Phillips, 37, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug objects and a probation violation. Police also arrested Kristi Leslea Hash, 33, on a felony theft by taking charge to go along with probation violation.
  • Harbin Clinic Announces Cartersville Expansion - Harbin Clinic announced this week that it has enhanced its Ear, Nose and Throat practice in Cartersville by integrating audiology services provided by certified audiologists Bayle Anderson, AuD, and James Payne, AuD, MEd. By more closely aligning both specialties, the ENT practice can effectively provide more complete diagnoses and treatment options for a variety of ear conditions and disorders and hearing and balance problems, thereby driving even better health outcomes for patients. Additionally, physician assistant Marti Felder, PA-C, has joined the team and will work closely with distinguished ENT surgeons Dr. Robert King and Dr. Mary Margaret Beauchamp to treat patients for a broad array of ENT problems.
  • Man Arrested - Gives Pot, Tobacco to Minors - Floyd County police arrested Mark Tyler Huffman, 21 of Lindale, this week after he allegedly gave marijuana and tobacco products to a 16 and 13 year-old girl. Reports said that Huffman also allowed the 16 year-old to drive him around town, during a time in which he did not have a license.
  • Elderly Rome Man Injured in Golf Cart Accident - An elderly Rome man, identified as Joe Hall, 85, suffered serious injury on Tuesday after the golf cart he was driving was struck by a car near the intersection of East 19th and Flannery Street. According to reports, Hall, and another passenger, had been drinking about an hour before their cart was struck by a Ford Focus driven by Kimberly Jackson of Rome.
  • Rome Man Facing Major Drug Charges in Floyd Co. - Thomas Watson Smith Jr, 37 of Rome, is now facing drug trafficking charges just weeks following his drug arrest in neighboring Cherokee County, Alabama. Reports said that Rome-Floyd Metro Drug Task force officers reportedly found a huge quantity of methamphetamine packaged for resale during the execution of a search warrant at Smith`s home on Sikes Story Road. Smith was booked into the Floyd County Jail this week not only on trafficking charges, but also possession of methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute and possession of drug related objects.
  • Father/Son Arrested in Polk Child Molestation Case - Polk County police have arrested Elree Cox, 68, and his 23 year-old son Joshua Cox, both of Cedartown, on child molestation charges. An investigation resulted in Elree Cox being charged with drug possession with intent to distribute, manufacturing marijuana, cocaine possession, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, child molestation, sexual battery, first-degree cruelty to children, sodomy, aggravated sodomy, and aggravated sexual battery. Joshua Cox is charged with false imprisonment and interference with child custody. An investigation was launched after a 4 year-old boy made allegations against the men.
  • Property Near Chieftains Museum to be Sold - The property near Rome`s Chieftains Museum will be sold by Greater Community Bank following a foreclosure. The over six acres will be sold next Tuesday, September 2. The sale comes following Chieftains Museum Inc, being dissolved earlier this year, and defaulting on a $410,464.26 loan. The nonprofit group had plans to expand the museum and Major Ridge historical site.
  • Gordon Co. Man Picked to Lead GSP Troop A - Gordon County native Grady David Sanford, Jr. has been appointed as commander of Georgia State Patrol Troop A. Troop A is comprised of patrol posts located in Cartersville, Dalton, Jasper, Paulding, Rome, LaFayette, and Calhoun which cover 20 counties in northwest Georgia. Troop A headquarters is located in Cartersville.
  • DOT to Suspend Lane Closures for Labor Day Weekend - Here’s some good news for travelers during the Labor Day holiday. The Georgia Department of Transportation announced that all scheduled and ongoing construction-related lane closures in Northwest Georgia would be suspended for the Labor Day long weekend, beginning at noon on Friday, August 29, and extending to 5 a.m. on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.
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  • State Educators Back Jason Carter - The Georgia Association of Educations (GAE) has announced an endorsement for Democrat Jason Carter as he challenges incumbent Governor Nathan Deal this November. The GAE cited `chronic underfunding and dismantling of Georgia`s public education` as the reason for its endorsement.
  • Deal Appoints 17 to Georgia Boards - Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed 17 to boards, Avery D. Niles, Phyllis M. Hall, Jordan Greenbaum, Martha T. Nesbitt, Thomas P. Godfrey, Hany. Y. Atallah, Anita L. Echols, Versie E. Davis, Quentin L. Jude, Kay Hall, Patricia S. King, Barbara J. Baxter, Greg Tanner, Terrell L. West, John C. Bostwick, L. Allyn Stockton Jr, Eric. W. Norris.
  • Georgia Giants Dinner in Rome - Join Us for Floyd County Democratic Party’s Annual Fundraising Event - Georgia Giants Dinner on Friday, September 12th at 6:30pm at Rome Civic Center on Jackson Hill, 400 Civic Center Drive, Rome. Tickets - $30 in advance and $35 at door (if available)
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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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  • LaFayette at Gordon Central
  • Trion at Armuchee
  • Calhoun at Dalton
  • Ridgeland at Chattooga
  • Darlington at Breman
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  • Hiram at Cedartown
  • Pepperell at Paulding County
  • North Murray at Rockmart
  • Adairsville at Woodland

Check back Friday after the games for the final scores!

  • Atlanta Arrested for Killing Girlfriend - An Atlanta police officer, Tahreem Zeus Rana, 23, was arrested by Hapeville authorties on murder charges Thursday. Rana is the suspect in his girlfriend Vernicia Woodard`s death. Her body was found on fire last Friday. The GBI was called in to help, and investigators say the body was lit on fire in an effort to destroy evidence.
  • Economist: `Peach State job engine is Humming` - Since taking office, Gov. Nathan Deal has budgeted conservatively, downsized state government, implemented real tax reform and created nearly 300,000 private-sector jobs as Georgia rebounded from the Great Recession. A prediction from a Georgia State University economist in today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution suggests the governor`s policies are working. Director of the Georgia State Economic Forecasting Center Rajeev Dhawan tells the AJC that Georgia’s economic growth will be solid in the coming years.
  • Henry Co. Deputy Arrested on Child Sex Crimes - Henry County sheriff`s deputy, Capt. David McCart, was arrested in DeKalb County after authorities said he attempted to arrange a sexual encounter with a 14 year-old boy. The arrest came following a two-month investigation.
  • 6 Year-old Reports Sexual Assaults at School - A six-year old Gwinnett County elementary school student reported that she was sexually assaulted last week at a restroom. The child, a student at Sycamore Elementary School in Sugar Hill, said she was first assaulted on August 21 by a third-grade boy. The next day, she said that two fourth grade boys took her in the bathroom and assaulted her again.
  • Report: Gay Marriage Would Put $80M in Ga Economy - According to a study released by UCLA this week, Georgia would put close to $80 million in its state economy if they would legalize same-sex marriage. The report said that spending on wedding arrangements by the couples, and their out-of-town guests, would add $78.8 million to the state and local economies over three years. It went on to say that the state would get $5.5 million in sales tax revenue. Finally, the report said that the state would see close to 1,000 jobs created.
  • Traffic Stop Turns up 4.6 lbs of Pot, Cash Pile - A Rockdale County Sheriff`s deputy was conducted a routine traffic stop when a search of the vehicle turned up close to 5 pounds of marijuana and close to $23,000 in cash. Reports said that when the officer stopped the car on I-20 he noticed the smell of raw marijuana.
  • Man Arrested From Incident Involving 15 Year-old - DeKalb County, AL, Sheriff Jimmy Harris reports the arrest of Robert Carl Bannon, 68 of Dawson on numerous charges after an investigation into sexual contact with a minor. Bannon is charged with Possession of Obscene Matter, Obstruction of Government Operations, Contributing, and Receiving stolen Property 3rd. Bannon had a stolen pistol in his possession at the time of his arrest.
  • Ga Man Found in Motel with Missing Michigan Teen - A Gwinnett County man, Victor Alfonso Martinez, 28, was arrested this week after police found him in a Norcross motel with a 14 year-old missing Michigan girl. Authorties have charged Martinez with aggravated child molestation and interference with custody.
  • Ga Pastor Defies City Ordinance and Puts Up Sign - Grovetown, Georgia pastor, Sonny Serigney, has defied the city`s ordinance and placed a 19,000 bulb sign in the town. Seriney, pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church, said that he placed the sign up to honor God and spread the message of Jesus Christ. Grovetown Mayor George James III said that if the sign isn`t removed, the matter could lead to a lawsuit.
  • Best/Worst Georgia Colleges List - The annual College Guide and Rankings from Washington Monthly Magazine has been released and feature the best and worst list of Georgia schools. The magazine bases its ratings on three criteria: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research and how much students are giving back to their communities. On the list this year; Georgia Tech ranks 11th on the national universities list; Morehouse and Spelman colleges ranked 31st and 39th on the list of liberal arts institutions; Mercer ranked 13th among master`s universities; Covenant College and Fort Valley University ranked 11th and 32nd on the baccalaureate list; and, the University of Georgia ranked 32nd among affordable elite colleges. Among all schools, Georgia Tech and UGA also ranked 8th and 32nd among colleges offering the best bang for the buck.
  • Corporate VP Pleads Guilty to Healthcare Fraud - Daniel K. Lane, Jr. has pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit healthcare fraud for filing fraudulent claims with Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and other insurers. `This healthcare fraud scheme originated in the executive suite of Compass Healthcare and ended with the company filing thousands of false insurance claims,` said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. `After cheating the insurers by getting them to pay for high-cost medical equipment never provided, the defendant papered up the fraud by sending in altered prescriptions with false patient diagnoses to support the claims. His business model was really a scam.`
  • AG Olens Prevails in Lawsuit Against Cumming City - Judge Robert Adamson has ruled in favor of Attorney General Sam Olens in a lawsuit filed in June 2012 against the City of Cumming and Mayor Henry Ford Gravitt for violations of the Open Meetings Act. Judge Adamson ordered the defendants to pay $12,000 in penalties, the highest amount possible under the law. Defendants have also been ordered to pay attorney’s fees in an amount to be determined at a later hearing.
  • Report: LaFayette Woman Died of Natural Causes - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has ruled the death of 46 year-old LaFayette woman Francis Middleton was that of natural causes. Middleton was found last week in a pool of blood in her apartment. Police originally were investigating the case as a homicide because of the manor that she was found. The autopsy report said Middleton experienced an esophageal varices resulting from cirrhosis of the liver, causing her to vomit blood from her mouth.
  • Fmr. DeKalb Commissioner to Plead Guilty - DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer announced in court Tuesday that she would plead guilty to federal charges a day after she announced her resignation from office. She was accused by federal prosecutors of authorizing more than $78,000 in county payments to an adviser who submitted false invoices for consulting work but did nothing. The adviser then funneled about 75 percent of the money back to Boyer. An investigation also said that she made $16,000 in personal purchases with her county debit card. Reports said that Boyer had already repaid about half the charges before the investigation began, and has since repaid all of the money.
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In the Mind of - Tony Potts
This is one of the greatest times of the year for College Football fans! The anticipation has been building since the spring games. You walk into the summer months with baseball as a `holdover`, but knowing that it is only the sports `appetizer` to the fall leaves you a little empty.

Now as September quickly approaches we all have a renewed since of hope, even Georgia Tech fans. At this point everyone still has the `0` in the loss column. Everyone still has that same dream.

The thing about college football is that it`s history and pageantry is unmatched by any sport. You just don`t become a `fan` you become part of the `family`. Game days at college campuses far exceed that of the pro game, of any sport. An entire city closes and battle lines are drawn as you walk around the city. It is like being involved in a `war`, but a little less deadly, well, sorta. For college football it is much more than a game, it is a way of life, something that must be experienced to appreciate.

The bark is about to begin in Athens. The hounds tooth is sold out in Tuscaloosa, `I``s are ready to be doted in Columbus, Howard`s rock is about to get shinned up in Death Valley, Touchdown Jesus has a little wider smirk, and mascots are eating their most important meal so that their faithful can rally behind the men of their choosing.

The game has changed, but we still show up every fall Saturday. The BCS is gone and the playoffs have arrived. No longer is it by luck, but now four teams will meet in January to declare a true champion of college football.

Ready or not.. college football is here!

It`s time now for the first week of Potts` Picks! I will pick the 10 best games of the week and keep score while doing it!

  • LSU over Wisconsin
  • Georgia Tech over Wofford
  • Baylor over SMU
  • Miami over Louisville
  • Tennessee over Utah State
  • Penn Stateover UCF
  • Alabama over West Virginia
  • Arkansas over Auburn
  • Florida over Idaho
  • Georgia over Clemson

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  • Shorter Announces New Broadcast Team - While the Shorter football team is finalizing their lineup for their season opener next week, the team that will broadcast the Hawks this year on 99.5 FM The Jock is now in place - and it`s one that has more than 90 combined years of radio experience. When the Hawks kick off the 2014 campaign on Thursday, Sept. 4 at Barron Stadium hosting Paine College of Augusta at 7:30 p.m., Shorter fans tuning in will be treated with a veteran group of announcers who will follow Rome Radio Partner`s broadcast team as the Hawks enter their 10th season playing their first year as a full NCAA Division II and Gulf South Conference member.
  • Berry Women`s cross country earns regional ranking - For the first time in program history, Berry College is rated in the top-10 in the U.S. Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Regional poll. The Vikings are ranked tenth in the South/Southeast Region. USTFCCCA Preseason Poll
  • John Rocker Cast for New Season of Survivor - John Rocker and his girlfriend, Julie McGee, have been announced as contestants in this season`s CBS show `Survivor: San Juan del Sur - Blood vs Water`. The couple will compete to play for the show`s million dollar prize.
  • Season Preview: Berry Volleyball - In 2013, the Vikings went 26-8 and 13-1 in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA). BC won the regular season and tournament title for the second consecutive year. The team earned Berry`s first NCAA Championship appearance. BC advanced to the second round before losing 3-1 to national semifinalist, Emory. Berry has a talented group of returners to lead the program to its third straight title. Topping the list is Emily Stromberg, who earned AVCA All-American honors as a sophomore. An outside hitter, she recorded 3.15 kills per set and 3.29 digs each set. At the NCAAs, she excelled against strong competition by recording 30 kills in BC`s two matches. Stromberg, who is a pre-med major with a 3.85 GPA, was also named to the CoSIDA District 5 Team.
  • 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.
  • 70 Shorter Athletes Named Academic Award Winners - The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2ADA) announced the 2013-14 recipients of the D2ADA Academic Achievement Awards Monday afternoon. The Academic Achievement Award is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division 2 level. Shorter led the Gulf South Conference with 70 students recognized; followed by Alabama Huntsville (41), Union (39), West Alabama (27), North Alabama (23) and West Florida (22).
  • Berry Men`s Cross Country Preview - The Berry College men`s cross country team will open their 2014 season on August 30th at the Clara Bowl hosted by Berry College. BC will compete in a total of seven meets, including the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Cross Country Championships and the NCAA DIII Regionals. The Vikings finished second at the SAA Cross Country Championships in 2013 and 6th at the NCAA DIII Regionals and look to improve on both finishes.
  • Berry golf ranked 14th in GCAA preseason poll - Berry College is ranked 14th in the Division III GCAA Coaches` Men`s Preseason Poll. The Vikings finished tied for eighth at the 2014 Division III Championships last May.
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    • Introducing Discovery Gymnastics Classes - The Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority is proud to introduce Discovery Gymnastics, a new gymnastics program for persons with special needs. Classes will start Wednesday, September 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Rome Gymnastics Center. Children with special needs participate in a sensory and motor-based program to build physical, social, and emotional skills. The forty-five minute class utilizes organized exercises and circuits on gymnastics equipment and allows time for open exploration and discovery.

      SShorter presents `Relics of Tomfoolery` artist exhibit - Shorter University welcomes alumnus and Rome native James Davis and fellow ceramic artist Galen Olmsted to the Arnold Art Gallery as the clay artists kick off the guest artist exhibition series with Relics of Tomfoolery, which runs Sept. 2-26. This will be Davis first hometown show since graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics from Shorter in 2011 and leaving Rome for Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he earned a Master of Fine Arts. Olmsted, who is a graduate of University of Floridas Master of Fine Arts program, and Davis are connected through the Roswell Art Centers artist-in-residence program, where Davis is currently an instructor.