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  • Man Arrested After Failing to Make Payments - James Lamar Jackson, 40 of Rome, was arrested over the weekend after police said he allegedly stopped making payments of several electronic items he leased from Rent-A-Center. According to reports, Jackson leased a television and Playstation 4 console and then stopped making payments and never returned the items to the store.
  • Closure on SR156 at I75 in Gordon Co. - The Georgia Department of Transportation is advising motorists in Gordon County of another night detour off Redbud Road/State Route (SR) 156 at Interstate 75, scheduled for Monday, January 26, 2015, to accommodate work on completing the removal of the old I-75 bridge at this location. This bridge operation is part of a Georgia DOT construction project to revamp the interchange of I-75 and SR 156/Redbud Road in Gordon County. The project includes the reconstruction of the I-75 Bridge and its approaches. Work on this project began in October 2013. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by the end of May 2016, at a construction cost of little over $25 million.
  • Students Compete in SkillsUSA Competition at GNTC - Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) hosted the SkillsUSA Region 1 Competition on Friday, January 23, 2015. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations and for further education.
  • Lindale Man Scraps Pawned Truck - Rome Police have arrested 36 year-old Jason Shane Butts of Lindale and charged him with felony false statements or writings and misdemeanor destroying property subject to security interest. Reports said that Butts allegedly scrapped a truck he had pawned.
  • Shorter Creates Weather Station - A new weather station recently installed on the campus of Shorter University is giving students the opportunity to track meteorological data unique to the area. The solar-powered station was set up by Assistant Professor of Physical Science Dr. Michael Crosby with the assistance of students in his meteorology class during the course’s first lab of the semester. `I wanted to allow my weather class to be a big part of installing the station,` Dr. Crosby said. `I thought it would be great for them to share this opportunity as a class because not many college students have the chance to work with a weather station, let alone set one up.`
  • Rockmart Company Purchased by California Company - California based GuardTop, a division of Western Emulsions, Inc has purchased Blacklidge Emulsions, Inc`s Rockmart plant. The asphalt manufacturing company will not directly market its brand to products in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The purchase price was not disclosed.
  • Two Dead in Floyd County Shooting - Two people, James Steven Reeves, 69, and his wife, Myra Wilson Reeves, 71, pronounced dead at their home on Terhune Road in Floyd County. Authorities were notified that a shooting had occured at the residence. Investigators are not releasing any information other than they are working it as a double homicide.
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  • GNTC Names Semi-Finalists for GOAL Award - Four Georgia Northwestern Technical College students have been selected as the college’s semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership, according to Dione Waddington, coordinator for the college’s GOAL program. Listed are students chosen as semi-finalists for the GOAL award showing (left to right) the student’s name, program of study: Chasity Baugh, Early Childhood Care and Education, Brent Freeman, Industrial Systems Technology and Electronics Technology, Jennifer Lively, Social Work Assistant, and Alice Towe, Horticulture.
  • Armuchee Student Wins wins annual speech contest - Kayla Hutcherson, and eighth-grader at Armuchee Middle School, has won the 2015 Floyd County Schools Gifted Oratorical Contest. The event was started in 2009 to allow gifted students to display their academic skill and connect with other gifted students. Just as athletes showcase their talents, we want our academically gifted students to have the opportunity to display their academic skill and talent, stated McCall Govignon, director of advanced programs for Floyd County Schools.
  • Rome Gets Proposals for NGWA Reg. Property - Six groups have submitted proposals for redevelopment at the property of the former Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital. The 133 acre tract is located on Division Street near Redmond Regional Medical Center. A memorandum of understanding was created last summer that gives the city of Rome the right to create a plan over the next year and half then submit its plan for approval. With most of the proposals coming from Atlanta, one from Rome, Vevian Design Lab, was proposed.
  • Rome Chamber Honors Small Business of the Year - The Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting at the Forum this week and in the process named certified public accountants and business advisors Whittington, Jones & Rudert its Small Business of the Year. Stephanie Nichols of Rome Cleaners was also presented with the Ambassador of the Year award. Hardy Realty CEO Jimmy Byars was also appointed the Chairman of the Board Thursday.
  • GDOL to Help Mohawk Recruit Manufacturing Workers - The Georgia Department of Labor will help Mohawk Industries recruit 90 workers for the company’s manufacturing facilities in Gordon County. The recruitment will be held Friday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Suite 200 of the Agricultural Services Center, 1282 Highway 53 Spur, S. W., in Calhoun. Staff from the GDOL’s Rome Career Center will screen the applicants prior to the interviews by the company.
  • Jail Inmate Now Facing Stolen Gun Charges - An inmate at the Floyd County Jail, Nicolas Ryan Matthews, 31 of Shannon, is now facing additional charges after police said he allegedly sold a stolen gun. Matthews, who was first arrested in October 2014, was charged Thursday with felony theft by receiving stolen property. Investigators said that he sold a gun in which he stole from a 74 year-old Rome man to a Silver Creek resident.
  • Vandals Shoot Out Cedartown Store Windows - Numerous stores and at least two vehicles were vandalized in Cedartown on Wednesday. Reports said that the vandals shot at least five windows out of stores, and the cars, with a BB gun on Main Street. The suspects have been identified as, James Preston, 20, and Joshua Matthews, 17, and Samantha Brumit, 19, were charged with 11 counts of criminal damage to property in the second degree and party to a crime. Additionally, police took out warrants for and later arrested Ronald Paul, 20 and Michaela Bailey, 21.
  • Rome Police Honors Several Officers - The Rome Police Department honored Pfc. Danny Story as its 2014 Traffic Officer of the Year this week. Story was recommended for the award by Lt. Chris DeHart, who said that Story attended over 54 traffic training sessions over the past year and is ranked third in the department for speeding enforcement.
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  • Deal names Education Reform Commission members - Gov. Nathan Deal named the individuals who will serve on the Education Reform Commission that he announced during his State of the State address. The commission will study the state’s education system, including its funding formula, and provide recommendations intended to improve the system, increase access to early learning programs, recruit and retain high-quality instructors and expand school options for Georgia’s families.
  • Floyd County GOP to Hold Precinct Mass Meetings - The Floyd County Republican Party Convention will convene at 10:00AM on March 14, 2015 at the Charles C. Parker Center, 1325 Kingston Highway, Rome, Georgia to elect Delegates and Alternates to the Congressional District Convention. Additionally, the Convention will be adopting the Rules of the Floyd County Republican Party and electing officers for the 2015-2017 term. Delegates and Alternates will be required to pay a fee of $25.00 or membership, which is to cover the cost of the County Convention.
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The Rome Athletic Club and Coosa Valley News have again partnered to bring you the weekly video series, Extreme Fitness Makeover Challenge. Watch 10 Romans embark on a 12 week journey to change their lives forever. We film extreme workouts that will not only make you wonder how the contestants survive but tips to make you healthier as well! The videos will be on Coosa Valley News every Monday and Tuesday each week!

  • Hall Deputy Said he Was Fired over Bible Study - Former Hall County deputy Josh McCuen has said that he was fired from his job for ministering to former inmates. His commanders however said McCuen was violating a policy against fraternizing with inmates or known criminal elements and he had been reprimanded for insubordination.
  • Georgia Jail Goes to Pink Jumpsuits for Inmtates - Inmates at Columbia County`s Grovetown Jail are now being forced to wear pink jumpsuits. According to Jail officials their goal was to make it so that inmates would not want to come back to the facility again. Sgt. Cameron Brown with the Grovetown Department of Public Safety said, `A lot of them have said, `I`m not coming back because I`m not wearing pink again.`
  • Ga`s Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.9% - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 6.9 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.2 percent in November. The rate in December of 2013 was 7.4 percent. `We ended the year with our rate dropping below seven percent for the first time since last April,` said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. `And, this was the first time in eight years that we’ve had job growth in December.`
  • Whitfield Teacher Arrested for Sexual Assault - A teacher at Coahulla Creek High School has been arrested after having sexual relations with an 18 year-old student. Reports said that, 32, was charged with felony sexual assault by a person with supervisory or disciplinary authority. She was arrested at the school Wednesday morning.
  • Franklin Co. Teens Killed in 1 Car Wreck - Two students from Franklin County High School were killed in a single car accident this week Carnesville. Police have identified them as Timothy Hartman, 17, and Maleke Moon, 18, both of Canon. Both were passengers in the vehicle; the driver, Samuel Parten, 18, of Canon was taken to Athens Regional Medical Center.
  • Third Suspect Arrested in UGA Student`s Murder - A Third suspect has been arrested in the shooting murder of a UGA student. Lucas Amsler Raposo, 20, was taken into custody Wednesday morning and charged with felony murder, tampering with evidence and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
  • Douglasville Fire Lands 50 out of Home - Close to 50 people were left without homes after a fire encompassed several units at Century Arbor Apartments in Douglasville. Crews say they flames didn`t reach the first floor, but the water damage did. Red Cross officials say the fire affected 36 units, displacing a total of 50 people.
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In the Mind of - Tony Potts
I honestly do not understand why everyone hates on the Patriots and `DeflateGate`. Every time the ball was set an NFL official placed the ball on the line of scrimmage. It is amazing to me that an entire game past and not once did an official recognize that the ball was 2 pounds lighter than ones used by the Colts. I think that New England is free and clear of any wrong doing and the NFL should be the ones that take the black eye.

The Braves keep trading away every name they have on their roster while the Nationals go out and sign Max Scherzer to a $201 million deal. It`s going to be a long season for the Bravos.

Under two weeks away from national signing day and the last thrill before spring practice for us college football fans. Georgia had four star stud Van Jefferson decommit after visiting Oklahoma and now we wonder what kind of last second thrills we have in store.

I have a gut feeling that Georgia will pick up a few names by signing day including Roquan Smith and Rico McGraw. I have heard rumblings that Rico, the once UGA now Bama commit could be looking to bring his talents back to the Classic City. The best thing is that consensus number one player in the country Trent Thompson has not or will not make another visit before signing day. This would be Coach Mark Richts first number one player in the country to sign under his watch.

Speaking of Georgia, the basketball program really is starting to roll. After starting SEC play 0-2 the Dawgs have reeled off three starting, including ending Florida`s 24 game SEC win streak. Toss in the fact that it took 2 overtimes for LSU to beat Georgia in Baton Rouge, it could be a great March for the men wearing red and black.

In case you`ve lived under a rock you have noticed that Georgia`s football staff has received a lot of raises. That includes head skipper, Mark Richt, who got two years and an $800,000 annually increase. I have great sources to say that this is a direct result of defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. My source tells me that LSU came acallin` and was willing to fork out some major cash for more than one coach. As a result AD Greg McGarity came off the wallet and has signed his name to a lot more checks. Let`s just hope that this correlates to the field.

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  • GHC Continues Winning Ways - The 16th NJCAA Nationally ranked GHC Chargers survived a hard fought contest on the road defeating Atlanta Metro College 58-52. The Chargers were led by sophomore Donovan Harris’s 12 points and 10 rebounds and Doniel Dean’s 11 points and 5 rebounds.
  • Darlingtons Muschamp to play at Auburn - Darlington senior Robert Muschamp recently accepted a walk-on spot as H-back for the Auburn University Tigers. Robert is the nephew of Auburn`s defensive coordinator Will Muschamp (`90).
  • Jeff Shiflett resigns as head coach of Pepperell - In his two decades coaching football at Pepperell High School, football coach Jeff Shiflett has spent a lot of time mentoring, teaching and molding the young men of Lindale. Now, he feels it is time to dedicate more time to his sons and family. Shiflett resigned as head football coach of Pepperell High School Friday, ending a long and successful coaching tenure at the school. Shiflett is not only a coach in the community but Lindale and Dragon country is where he grew up, went to school and where he has made a home for his family.
  • Shorter`s Bray & Bynum Picked for Preseason AllGSC - With the season set to begin in a couple of weeks Shorter softball is looking to pick up where it left off in 2014. The Lady Hawks finished 42-10 overall and turned in a 22-5 conference mark on their way to a Gulf South Conference regular season title and an NCCAA National Championship during the final season of NCAA Division II reclassification. Now eligible for GSC and NCAA postseason play and award recognition, the Lady Hawks will enter 2015 as the coaches` choice to finish third in the conference, behind 2014 NCAA national championship runner-up Valdosta State and perennial power Alabama Huntsville, respectively. While earning an overall vote of third place; Shorter garnered three first place votes, one second place vote and five third place vote from the GSC coaches.
  • Berry Women`s Basketball knocks off No. 21 Rhodes - The Berry College women`s basketball team topped No. 21-ranked Rhodes by a final score of 85-67 on Sunday afternoon at The Cage Center.
  • Shorter Stays Atop of Standings After win - Entering the game as two of the six teams vying for the top spot in the Gulf South Conference standings, the Hawks came out ahead 84-63 over Union on the road Saturday afternoon. Shorter improves to 14-5 on the season and 9-4 in the GSC; while the Bulldogs, also 14-5 overall, slip to 8-5 in conference play.
  • Shorter Baseball Hosting Pancake Breakfast - It is said that a good breakfast is the best way to start the day. This year`s Shorter baseball team is taking that belief one step further - a pancake breakfast to get their new season, their first as a full NCAA Division II and Gulf South Conference member, off to a good start. On Saturday, Jan. 31, the Hawks will host the inaugural Batters Up Pancake Breakfast fundraiser from 8:30-10 a.m. at Shorter`s Hilltop Café dining hall prior to the team`s exhibition game against Georgia Highlands College.
  • Lady Chargerts Get 10th Win of Year - Lady Chargers down Atlanta Metro: Tashara Jones had 22 points and 5 rebounds and the Lady Chargers picked up a hard fought GCAA conference road win versus Atlanta Metro 78-69. GHC led 36-29 at the break and maintained the lead thougout to seal their 10th win of the season.
  • Additional Guests Added to Monday’s Hot Stove - The Rome Braves announce more guests have been added to the Hot Stove Gathering event on Monday January 26th at the Forum. The following people are now scheduled to be in attendance: Brian Bridges - Atlanta Braves Scouting Director, Billy Nicholson - Gwinnett Braves Coach, Jonathan Schuerholz - Atlanta Braves Assistant Director of Player Development, and Brian Snitker - Gwinnett Braves Manager. They join Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, Braves legend Terry Pendleton, and the 2015 Rome Braves field staff for an outstanding evening of baseball fun from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
  • Union Tops Lady Hawks With Late Run - After a back and forth game, Union closed out the win with a late run to top the Lady Hawks 74-69 Saturday afternoon.
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    • Tenor Ron Brendel to perform at Shorter - Shorter University welcomes tenor Dr. Ron Brendel to Brookes Chapel on Monday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the university’s Guest Artist Series. The performance is free and open to the public.

      Primate Psychologist Lecture Tuesday - A psychologist from Yerkes National Primate Research Center will speak about chimpanzees and human behavior at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 27) in the Berry College Evans Auditorium.

      JUNIOR OBSERVATORY WORKSHOP - JUNIOR OBSERVATORY WORKSHOP. Friday, January 30, 2015 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Introduce your young scientists to the wonders of astronomy! Participants and their parents will tour the current sky in the Planetarium, receive and learn how to use a rotary star chart, and observe the sky through small telescopes and the 20``telescope in the Observatory. This workshop will happen rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, the Observatory will be limited to tours only. The Observatory is not heated or air-conditioned so please dress accordingly.