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Ebola Case in New York  
 `Czar on the Job`

President Obama`s new `Ebola Czar,` Ron Klain started work just in time for another case of the disease to be reported in the U.S. This time it is doctor, Craig Spencer, a member of Doctors Without Borders. Spencer returned to New York city from Guinea a week ago.

Since then, he has done a variety of normal things such as, riding the subway, taking a cab and bowling. Of course, all those things could potentially exposed a variety of people to the disease, depending on exactly when Spencer became contagious.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is saying, `New Yorkers who have not been exposed are not at all at risk.` The good news for New Yorkers is that, so far, only people in close contact with patients, three nurses, two in the U.S. and one in Spain have contracted the disease.

Of course, that is very good news for both President Obama and `czar` Klain. Klain`s first public appearance was with the President in the Oval Office, but he did not speak. During that event, the President said that both of the U.S. nurses who are being treated are doing better. Separately it has been announced that the Spanish nurse who got the disease is ebola-free. An NBC camerman, who was infected, has also recovered.

So far, only the first U.S. case, Liberian Eric Duncan, has died in the U.S.

As for Klain, his first `appearance` is likely to reflect his role. He will primarily work internally. Sources say he will be the behind-the-scenes director, insuring decisions are implemented, as well as gathering points of view.

On the down side, Mali reported its first case of Ebola Thursday. The victim is a 2-year-old girl who came from neighboring Guinea.



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Chuck Patel is living the American dream. Listen as Chuck talks about what brought him to Rome, the numerous businesses he has owned and his passion for the city of Rome. On top of working long hours to help his business, he volunteers with numerous local chamber events to help his community grow. Chuck also talks about his family and lets you inside his thoughts on sports. It is because of his tireless efforts to help Floyd County grow, we honor Chuck Patel as this week`s Coosa Valley News Person of the Week.

  • Cartersville Police Searching for Bank Robber - Cartersville police have described the suspect who robbed Renasant Bank on Old Mill Road as a black male, 6-foot tall and 165 pounds. They said that he was wearing all black with a black beanie cap with a mask over a portion of his face. They added that the suspect left behind cash along his escape route.
  • Woman Arrested for 2 Burglaries at Walmart - Rome police arrested Glenda Ellen Johnson, 42 of Rome, for allegedly shoplifting twice at the Walmart on Catersville Highway. Reports said that she was spotted early Thursday stealing numerous items. Then later in the day she was watched walking into the store by security. Again, Johnson allegedly stole several items. In total, she stole more than $500 worth of merchandise.
  • School Placed on Lockdown after Robbery - An armed robbery at Rhonda`s convenience store on Cave Spring Road left Darlington School on lockdown after the suspect fled on foot toward the school. The suspect was described as a black male; around 6 foot tall and weighing 180 pounds. Authorities said that he walked into the store around 8:30 Thursday and robbed the store at gun point.
  • Carrollton Attorney Arrested for Forgery/Theft - Carrollton attorney Robert B. Eddleman has been arrested and charged with forgery and theft by taking. Reports said that Eddleman allegedly converted funds from a trust fund and used it for personal purchases. Carroll County investigators said that they are continuing to look at other possible victims.
  • GNTC’s Sees Increase in Veteran Enrollment - Military experience provides individuals with in-depth technical experience and an aptitude for detail and consequently the Machine Tool Technology program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is seeing more veterans enroll into the program. According to Bart Jenkins, director of the Machine Tool Technology program at GNTC, one-fourth of the students in the program on the Floyd County Campus are military veterans.
  • Charles Hight Square Sold for $21 Million - Charles Hight Square has been purchased by Publix for $21 million from Atlanta-based Madison Retail. The grocer is the anchor for the shopping center that features AT&T, Sweet Frogs, LaParilla and others.
  • Fatality Confirmed on One Vehicle Accident - Sixteen year-old Model High School student, Alex Crumbley, was killed in a one vehicle accident in the 800 block of Ward Mountain Road around 3:30 Wednesday. Early reports stated that two other people were in the vehicle, but were uninjured.
  • Harbin Clinic Earns National Recognition - Harbin Clinic, the largest physician-owned, multi-specialty healthcare group in Georgia, today announced that it has attained the highest level of certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance for its patient-centered approach to providing comprehensive healthcare. All of Harbin’s primary care practices, including family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics, have been certified, and the Tony E. Warren Cancer Center has earned esteemed recognition as the first Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) in Georgia.
  • Maple Street Robbery Suspect Arrested - One of the suspects in the Maple Street armed robbery over the weekend has now been arrested. Reports said that Micah Anthony Wood, 24, was arrested after he was released from the hospital wound with a gunshot wound. Wood is charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, armed robbery and another firearms charge.
  • Metro Rome’s unemployment rate falls to 7.5% - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Metro Rome’s unemployment rate for September was 7.5 percent, down nine-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in August. The rate in September of last year was 8.5 percent. While the rate decreased, Metro Rome lost 200 jobs in September, as the total number of jobs dropped to 39,100 from 39,300 in August. The losses came in the goods-producing sector, which includes manufacturing and construction, along with the service-related industries.
  • Man Arrested, Threatens to Harm Floyd Co. Deputy - A Chattanooga man, Michael Jamey Chitwood, 42, was arrested on Wednesday after he was accused of threatening Floyd County Deputy Chris Parton. Reports said that Chitwood threaded to harm Parton while in the emergency room of Floyd Medical Center. Parton added that the suspect tossed a cup of water at Parton before trying to hit him.
  • GeorgiaBEST implemented at GNTC - State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced that Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) in Rome has become the first institution of higher learning in Georgia to offer GeorgiaBEST, the Georgia Department of Labor’s initiative that teaches workplace soft skills. `I commend President Pete McDonald for recognizing the need to incorporate soft skills training into the curriculum at Georgia Northwestern Technical College,` said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. `Georgia Northwestern and the other technical colleges in Georgia are well respected for the excellent job they do preparing students with the skills that are in demand in today’s workforce. The addition of soft skills training will make them even better prepared to get good jobs and have successful careers.`
  • Coosa River Again Named on `Dirty Dozen` List - The Georgia Water Coalition has released its 2014 `Dirty Dozen` list of the state`s worst waters. In that list, for the second time in four years is the Coosa. The report said that especially where the Coosa receives warm-water discharge from Georgia Power`s Plant Hammond near Alabama Highway and Fosters Mill Road is extremely dirty. Coosa River Basin Initiative`s Joe Cook, said that consistent operation of the plant, along with the discharge of water at elevated temperatures reduces the oxygen levels in the river. The result in turn, makes it difficult for fish and other wildlife to survive.
  • Polk Co Man Arrested in Multi-Agency Porn Sting - A 31 county multi-agency sting has resulted in 18 arrest, including Dwight Davis, 20 of Polk County, on child pornography charges. The three month investigation was coordinated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation`s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit and the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. In all, 44 search warrants were executed.
  • GHC awarded grant to rid textbooks - Affordable Learning Georgia, a University System of Georgia initiative, awarded grant money to Georgia Highlands College for the redesign of one of its classes toward the use of more free open resource learning materials. The freshman college studies -FCST 1010-class is a 10-week course that strives to teach students skills relevant to achieving success in college such as time management, organizational and test?taking skills.
  • Man Arrested for Stabbing, Police Find Pot Crop - Gordon County deputy sheriffs were dispatched to a private residence on Hall Memorial Road near Resaca this week in response to a report of a man having been stabbed. Responding deputies found a 54 year old male who had in fact suffered a serious stab wound and who`d collapsed in the driveway. The victim was flown to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga where he remains in serious but stable condition. Deputies rapidly determined the identity of the man`s assailant and located Dennis Mitchell Young a/k/a `Buster` age 36, of 184 Hall Memorial Road at a nearby apartment complex.
  • Woman Steals $33K from Employer - Kimberly Maddix Mohler, 31 of Cedar Bluff, was arrested in Rome Wednesday after police said that while employeed at Hack`s Carpet she stole over $33,000. Report said that she would sell merchandise and then place the money into her personal Pay Pal account.
    Rome Cop Resigns After Wrongful Arrest - A Rome Police officer, Jon Sisson, has resigned following an investigation into an arrest of a man who was not guilty. Reports said that the officer was suspended last Friday and resigned on Tuesday. The officer had worked with the department for over 12 years.
  • Kingston Man Lights another on Fire - Brian Wayne Kirby, 37 of Kingston, was arrested in Floyd County after authorities said he lit another man on fire. Reports said that Kirby locked the victim in a barn and wouldnt let him leave, before taking him behind the property to hide him from police. Reports added that he threatened the victim with a baseball bat and meat clever before placing him inside four tires with motor oil and then poured flammable liquid on him and set him on fire.
  • Silver Creek Man Charged with Burglaries - Jason Lewis Garrett, 36, of Silver Creek, was arrested this week and charged with breaking into two homes on Pleasant Valley Road. Report said that he allegedly broke into homes at 326 and 348 Pleasant Valley Road in August and September of this year. Authorities added that he stole numerous items such as jewelry, a lawnmower and air conditioner.
  • Lane Closure on Highway 20 this Weekend - The Georgia Department of Transportation is advising motorists in Bartow County of lane closures on State Route (SR) 20 at Bells Ferry Road, scheduled for this weekend, to accommodate work on adjusting the grade on SR 20 at this location. Intermittent lane closures on SR 20 at its intersection with Bells Ferry Road and Wilderness Camp Road will begin at 9 p.m. Friday, October 24 and end at 6 a.m. on Monday, October 27, 2014, to allow for the completion of a grade adjustment on SR 20. Flagmen and a pilot vehicle, will guide traffic and help motorists navigate around the closed portion of the roadway.
  • Man Attempts to Gain Gun from Police Officer - A Cartersville man, Dillion Ray Hornbuckle, 22, is charged with felony obstruction after reports said he attempted to leave Redmond Hospital against staff orders then attempted to grab a police officer`s gun.
  • Shorter Student Receives Service Award - Shorter University Criminal Justice major Chad Wilson says he feels a distinct calling to make positive impact on the lives of America’s youth. This is why the Carrollton, Ga., police officer decided 13 years ago to get involved with the Boy Scouts of America’s Exploring program, where he now serves as post advisor for Police Explorer Post 911. His commitment to mentoring tomorrow’s law enforcement professionals and service to his community have drawn the attention of the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which presented Wilson with the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award this month during a ceremony at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The award recognizes unsung heroes who have been instrumental in the development of Scouting for rural, urban, and suburban youth who often face challenging barriers.
  • Rome Wrestling to Benefit Sexual Assault Center - Superstars of Wrestling Fan Fest returns to Rome, Georgia November 13, 14 and 15th and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia! Last year the Superstars of Wrestling Fan Fest was born and over 1,800 fans from all over the world came to Rome.
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  • Sam Nunn to Visit Rome on Monday - The Floyd County Democrats will host Sam Nunn in Rome on Monday, October 27th at 2pm at the FCDP Campaign Headquarters located at 5 Broad Street.
  • 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.
  • 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!

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  • Dade County at Coosa
  • Murray County at Calhoun
  • Model at Chattooga
  • Central, Carrol at Cedartown
  • Callaway at Pepperell
  • Haralson County at Rockmart
  • North Murray at Adairsville
  • LFO at Sonoraville
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  • Major Meth Traffickers Arrested in Ringgold - Catoosa County authorities discovered close to two pounds of methamphetamine during a routine traffic stop this week. Reports said that Jesus Humberto Lopez Deanda, 27, of Lilburn, and Mitchell L. Mary Cordova, 24, of Duluth, were stopped along Highway 41 in Ringgold on Tuesday night. Reports said that the two suspects are allegedly major distributors of meth from metro Atlanta to metro Chattanooga.
  • Mistrial Declared in Burrell Ellis Case - After four days of jury deliberations, a DeKalb County jury could not come to a ruling against suspended CEO Burrell Ellis. Reports said that the closest the jury came to a unanimous vote, 11-1, was on an extortion charge. District Attorney Robert James office declined to say if he would seek a retrial or drop the case.
  • Mableton Truck Compnay Cites for Serious Violation - Stafford Transport Inc., a solid waste removal trucking company, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor`s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for five safety and health violations following an inspection at the company`s Mableton facility. OSHA initiated the inspection in July 2014 as part of the agency`s Site-Specific Targeting Program*, which directs enforcement resources to workplaces with higher-than-average rates of injuries and illnesses. Proposed penalties total $43,000.
  • Badcock Adds new distribution center to LaGrange - W.S. Badcock Corp., one of the largest privately held furniture retailers in the United States, will construct a new regional distribution center in LaGrange, investing $22 million and employing more than 100. The 535,000-square-foot facility will be located at the Callaway South Industrial Park in LaGrange and is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2015. The project will include enhanced energy efficiency technologies and is designed for expansion to 700,000 square feet. This facility will replace two existing facilities in Thomson and Cullman, Ala.
  • Murder Arrest Made in Neighboring Cherokee Co - This week Cherokee County E-911 received a call reporting a shooting at a residence in the Farill community. Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver, deputies, and Cedar Bluff police officers responded to the scene. Officers discovered a white male, 39 year-old Billy Ingram had been shot and killed. The recently formed Cherokee County Major Crimes Unit quickly responded to the scene and began the investigation. Investigators from the multi-agency unit worked around the clock to determine the persons responsible for Ingram`s death.
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In the Mind of - Tony Potts
This has been one, if not the most fun college football season in a very long time.

Well, unless you are a Florida Gator fan.

It really does seem week after week the schedule features `knock out` games as well as the last second barn burners. From the time you wake up on Saturday morning until early Sunday evening the slate of games this season has been a must watch.

It`s also been neat to watch the new kids take a step up into the spot light while teams like Alabama, Oklahoma and USC start to take a step back. Also, if you hate the SEC, you will start to enjoy the coming weeks. As the final stretch of the season winds down you will see the best start to knock off the best week after week.

Right now is the time to get hot, and maybe it`s the homer in me, but dang, Georgia is getting hot. The defense is finally clicking and with a fully rested (and ticked of) Todd Gurley soon to be returning, things are looking up over in Athens. Folks say the Dawgs are getting no respect with its number 9 ranking, but I love it. It is good enough at the point to keep you from getting overconfident while close enough to know that teams above you will start to get knocked down. All you have to do is win and you are in. No worries.

Man, the Falcons are bad. I said it a few years ago, Matt Ryan is NOT a SuperBowl quarterback. I still think that to be correct.

It is hard to believe that heading to week 8 that the best record in the NFL belongs to the Dallas Cowboys. They are playing the SEC way, by running the ball. DeMarco Murray has already carried the ball 187 times this season. That will help them in the regular season, but come January, Tony Romo will have to lead the team. He can`t.

If you havn`t heard the Atlanta Hawks have installed a 3D video display at Philips Arena. They will be able to have the greatest introductions in the NBA this year. It will be worth making a trip to Atlanta just for that.

Oh yea, interesting fact. Despite missing 2 games, Todd Gurley still leads the SEC in rushing yards and touchdowns.

Last week I went 7 for 10, taking my season record to 57 for 80. I had better start getting some `B`s` if I want to pass the season.

  • USC over Utah
  • Auburn over South Carolina
  • Michigan State over Michigan
  • Kansas State over Texas
  • Mississippi Stave over Kentucky
  • UPSET: OK State over West Virginia
  • Georgia Tech over Pittsburgh
  • UPSET : Penn State over Ohio State
  • Alabama over Tennessee
  • UPSET: LSU over Ole Miss

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  • Shorter Wins Third Straight - The Hawks made it three in a row Tuesday night with a 2-0 non-conference win over Trevecca Nazarene at home. Shorter improves to 6-7-1 on the season. During the last three game the Hawks have held opponents to just one goal, while scoring 11 of their own. The Trojans move to 5-8-1 on the season with the loss.
  • 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`s Dennis named GSC Freshman of the Week - Charlie Dennis became the first men`s soccer student-athlete to earn Gulf South Conference weekly honors Tuesday when he was named Freshman of the Week.
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    • Berry Starts Scary Berry Haunted Hayrides - The Scary Berry haunted hayride and walking trail opens Thursday at 8 p.m.
    • Free seminar at Redmond to help navigate Affordable Care Act Health Insurance op - Free seminar at Redmond to help individuals navigate Affordable Care Act Health Insurance options will be held on Monday, October 27th 2014 at 5:30pm in the Lower Level Classroom A at Redmond Regional Medical Center. This will be the Kick-Off Class for a series of classes to assist individuals in learning more about their health insurance options and to provide one-on-one enrollment assistance.

      Heart of the Community Accepting Nominations - The Heart of the Community Foundation is currently taking nominations for the 2015 Awards of Honor. Nominations are being accepted for a Young Heart Award (35 years of age or younger), a Business Community Service Award, 4 individual Awards of Honor and 1 Board of Governors Award.

      Berry College Students to Teach Creative Writing Class - The Berry College `Writing and Community` class invites local high school students to take part in a series of creative writing workshops beginning Oct. 28. `Utterances: A young writers workshop` will be taught by seven Berry senior creative writing students. The workshops will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 13, Nov.18, and Dec. 2 at the Sara Hightower Regional Library.