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Ebola Good News for Obama`s Ebola `Czar`  
 Challenges Remain

President Obama`s new ebola `czar,` Ron Klain, got a breathing spell as the news over the weekend was almost uniformly good:

  • Cruise ship passenger Ok
  • Duncan`s family Ok
  • Nigeria ebola free
  • Dallas nurse in fair condition

Klain needs to perform because his background as a political operative, rather than as some one with health care experience, is going to leave both he and President Obama open to criticism if the government response to ebola continues to be haphazard.

As with any Federal effort, Klain will have to try to bring together a wide variety of agencies with their own agendas, ranging from the CDC and FEMA to to the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services.

The bigger problem remains in Africa. While Nigeria, Africa`s most populous country, has been declared `spectacular success story,` no place will be safe until the outbreak in under control.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Ebola has brought her country to `a standstill.` Liberia, along with Guinea and Sierra Leone, were already among the poorest countries in the world. On top of the damage done by ebola, attempts to stop the disease`s spread are destroying the already weak political and economic structures in those countries.

U.S. troops, including soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division, are being deployed to build new hospitals. But those facilities won`t mean anything unless they can be staffed with health care workers, provided with materials, and funded.

The countries also need food and money to hold together their infrastructure.

As for the ebola crisis itself, Sorious Samura, a television journalist originally from Sierra Leone, is saying that the death toll, officially around 4,500, is actually much higher. Samura is making a documentary on the crisis in Liberia. He says, `People are dying in greater numbers than we know.` The government has mandated cremating bodies, but local customs involve relatives touching the body. So people are concealing deaths from officials. Those same officials are under counting deaths for political reasons.

Death Toll - 4,500



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  • Charges Pending in Wreck, 2 Kids Sent to Hospital - A one vehicle accident in Gordon County has resulted in the injuries of a mother and her two children. The accident occurred on Highway 53 between Concord Baptist Church and Pine Hall Brick Company just after 7 am Monday. Police said that Bradley`s Honda Civic was traveling east when it left the roadway on the right shoulder and overcorrected causing it to enter the westbound lane. Reports said that she overcorrected a second time and as a result rolled the car down an embankment, eventually striking a tree.
  • Supreme Court Upholds Polk Co. Murder Conviction - The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of Kionte Rashad Glover. The Polk County man was 17 years-old when he murdered 49 year-old Ronnie Ferguson and shoot two others back on September 12, 2008. He was sentenced to life plus 25 years in 2009.
  • Tornadoes Cause $6m in Damages in NW Georgia - According to Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, the tornadoes that passed through Georgia Oct. 14 resulted in close to $6 million in estimated insured losses. He added, `That figure may rise as new claims are reported.` A total of six tornadoes touched down in Georgia causing trees to be downed and damaging homes and automobiles.
  • Elderly Woman Arrested in Rome Stabbing - Rome Police have arrested 70 year-old Blanca Trevino after they said she allegedly stabbed a 72 year-old man in the chest at her South Broad Street home.
  • Darlington’s Moss Honored by Admissions Group - Darlington School’s Dean of College Guidance Sam Moss was recently honored by the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC) for his service to the association and to the college admissions profession. During the annual conference of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) in Indianapolis, Moss was presented with a special award by current SACAC President Brandi Smith of Emory University `for his years of faithful service as advisor to the board of Directors.` A past-president of SACAC, Moss was the first person to be appointed to the position of board advisor, recently completing 10 years in that role.
  • Update: Rome Robbery Leads to 3 Being Shot - Three people were shot during an attempted armed robbery Sunday morning at the One Stop Shop on the corner of Maple and Clover Street. Reports said that two black males, one identified as Micah Wood, 24 of Rome, walked into the store with a gun and attempted to rob the store. The on-duty clerk in return pulled out his own gun and shot at the suspects. One of the suspects returned fire on the clerk. The exchange of gunfire resulted in not only Wood being shot, but two customers, identified as Robert Grant Stinson, 43, and Tina Louise Davenport, 51, both of Rome, who was in the store, as well.
  • Gas Prices the Lowest in over Two Years - U.S. oil production has soared to its highest level since 1985, placing downward pressure on oil and gasoline prices. WTI crude settled at $82.75 last week, after dropping below $80 a barrel for the first time in two years on Thursday. The savings at the pump, created by the US `Shale Boom`, comes as a relief to consumers as the holiday shopping season approaches. `Motorists are paying $5 to $15 less to fill their tanks than they were around July 4th,` said Josh Carrasco, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. `This is extra money that consumers can use for the holidays, either to put presents under the tree, or dinner on the table.`
  • A Local Teacher`s Thought on The Charter System - A Floyd County educator sent this to Coosa Valley News with the terms of anonymity. `This week it is extremely important that every community citizen as well as every teacher in Floyd County attend the Board of Education`s Community Hearing over the proposed Charter System Application. The following list describes what the Board wants to do over the next few years if the Charter is renewed. This is probably the most dangerous attempt to sabotage public education in the last 5 years. The only concern of this board is to raise and keep money away from where it is needed. If financial numbers are met there are built in financial incentives for the Central office staff. The children in Floyd County Schools will suffer tremendously if these measures are approved.
  • Polk Residents Get First Look at New Polk Medical - More than 500 people toured the new home of Polk Medical Center as the hospital opened the doors for its Grand Preview event. It was the first opportunity for the community to see the $40 million medical complex, which will officially open on November 6. `I stand in awe of the entire project and the timeframe in which it was built,` said Harold Wyatt, Chairman of Polk Medical Center, Inc. and the Cedartown-Polk County Hospital Authority. `The $40 million investment in our community is undoubtedly the most important health care development in the history of Polk County.`
  • Woman Arrested for Pushing Elderly Woman - Summer Bryant, 18 of Rome, was arrested over the weekend after police said she threatened an elderly woman. Reports said that Bryant pushed and threatened to kill a 73 year-old victim.
  • Arrest Made for North Broad Robbery - An arrest has been made for the attempted robbery at a North Broad Street store. Reports said that Zaykives Banard McCray, 17 of Rome, was one of three men to attempt to rob the store with a shotgun.
  • Rome Airshow Brings in Close to 70,000 People - The Wings over North Georgia air show broke an attendance record at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport in Rome over the weekend. According to officials close to 70,000 people attended the festivities last Saturday and Sunday. They added that event goers came from South Carolina, Texas and even Colorado.
  • Booth Museum to Host Cowboy Festival this Weekend - The Booth Western Art Museum will host the 12th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium, October 23-26. Thousands of participants are expected to visit the Festival & Symposium, which is packed with events such as gunfight re-enactments, Native American dancing, lecture and workshop with Featured Artist Krystii Melaine, concert by Featured Entertainer Suzy Bogguss, children`s activities, and so much more! The four-day event will take place at Booth Western Art Museum in historic downtown Cartersville.
  • Berry College Breaks Gound on New Stadium - Ground was broke at Berry College Friday on their new football stadium, Valhalla. School officials said that the new lighted stadium will feature a synthetic turf field and an eight-lane running surface. The school’s lacrosse and track and field teams will share it will the football program.
  • Traffic Redirection this Week in Gordon/Floyd Co. - The Georgia Department of Transportation has advised motorists in Gordon County of a detour off State Route (SR) 156 at the Norfolk Southern Railroad crossing, scheduled for Tuesday, October 21, 2014, to accommodate work by the railroad company on repairing the crossing at that location. SR 156 at mile post 6.72 will be closed from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 and traffic will be detoured off the highway. Eastbound traffic will be detoured off SR 156 onto SR 140 East in Floyd County, to SR 53 North, SR 136 Connector and back to SR 156. Westbound traffic will be redirected to SR 136 Connector, SR 53 Spur South, SR 140 West, SR 1 and back to SR 156.
  • Grand Jury Indicts Hays Prison Employee - A Chattooga County Grand Jury has indicted a Hays State Prison Employee for bringing contraband into the prison and giving it to inmates. Report said that Jordan Adam Exodus Rosas is accused of giving a prisoner tobacco products in May of this year.
  • Paradise Garden to Host Pottery Artist - The Paradise Garden Foundation will host its latest exhibition by Ed Gilliam. The artist creates handmade pottery chargers and sculptures and then uses these forms to draw out images from his fertile imagination. Human and non-human figures usually share space (and occasionally body parts) with animals, insects, birds and fish. Often his male figures are thinly veiled self-portraits and his later work seems to have an acute awareness of his own mortality. But he ultimately seems to want to assure us that in the end things will be all right.
  • Harbin Clinic Offers New Pain Treatments - Harbin Clinic, the largest physician-owned, multi-specialty healthcare group in Georgia, announced that its Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine practice is offering two new effective therapies to target and relieve tendon pain. Procedures like Tenex Health TX and Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy have been shown to help alleviate tendon disease symptoms for patients, helping them to resume their normal activities and live pain-free.
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  • Rome TEA Party hosts Lunch Bunch Straw Poll - The public is invited to join with the Rome TEA Party for its monthly Lunch Bunch gathering of food, fellowship, and politics on Tuesday October 21, 12:00 Noon at Fuddruckers Restaurant. This month we will be featuring the Board panel discussing the unconstitutional gun carry restrictions imposed on the attendees of the Oct. 18 airshow in Rome, Ga. and discussing the upcoming general election with attendees sharing opinions of candidate qualifications.
  • 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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No one wants to deal with the repercussions of having their identity stolen. At best, it can cost time and hassle. At worst, it can cost big bucks. And, as Benjamin Franklin said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So what are the best ways to avoid identity theft in the first place?

According to the Federal Trade Commission, awareness is an effective weapon against many forms of identity theft. Be aware of how information is stolen and what you can do to protect yours, monitor your personal information to uncover any problems quickly, and know what to do when you suspect your identity has been stolen.

Being aware of how thieves steal information is the first step in protecting your identity. Thieves can find account numbers and other information in a variety of ways. It could be as simple as stealing your wallet or going through your trash. Make sure you shred all sensitive information, such as account statements and papers containing your social security number, and report any theft of your wallet or personal information immediately.

Skilled identity thieves might call you or send you an email pretending to be a representative from your financial institution or a company you do business with in an attempt to get you to willingly give them your personal information. Don`t give out personal information on the phone, through the mail, or on the Internet unless you`ve initiated the contact and are sure you know who you`re dealing with.

Monitoring your personal information is a crucial step in protecting yourself. Check bank accounts often and access your credit report at least once a year. You can do this for free at www.annualcreditreport.com. Keeping an eye on things will give you a head start if you do discover something out of the ordinary, minimizing the damage a thief can do with your stolen information.

Finally, know what to do if you suspect your identity is stolen. There are four specific steps you should take if you discover that your information has been stolen. First, place a fraud alert (http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/) on your credit reports, and review your credit reports. Second, close the accounts that you know, or believe, have been tampered with or opened fraudulently. Third, file a complaint (https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/crnt&panel1-1) with the Federal Trade Commission. Finally, file a report with your local police or the police in the community where the identity theft took place.

For more information about identity theft and how to protect yourself, visit the Federal Trade Commission`s Identity Theft website at: http://www.ftc.gov/idtheft.

By Stephanie Graves.

  • Cleaning Lady Accused of Stealing Jewelry - Sandy Springs police have arrested Rosa Umana, after they said she stole at least $60,000 worth of jewelry. Reports said that Umaña was employed by Chris Angels Cleaning Company when the thefts were reported to police in north Fulton, Cobb County and Atlanta. Police found the jewelry that had been allegedly stolen during a search of her apartment.
  • Teen Charged with Murder After Atlanta Car Chase - The Georgia State Patrol has charged a 15 year-old teen with numerous charges after a car chase in Fulton County, which resulted in the death of a woman. Police said that the teen was allegedly trying to elude police in a stolen car when he slammed into the car and killed 29 year-old Tiffany Madison.
  • Carolina Man Convicted for Cobb Child Molestation - A North Carolina man, Rickey Bernard Reid, 60, has been convicted in Cobb County of molesting a young girl at her home nearly two years ago. Reid was recently convicted of child molestation, but acquitted on an aggravated sexual battery charge.
  • Deal Names Ebola Advisory Risk Team - Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday named the members of the Georgia Ebola Response Team, which was created by executive order to assess current state health and emergency management procedures and produce necessary recommendations to minimize any potential impact of the disease in Georgia. `Those that have been chosen to serve on the panel are leaders in their respective fields, and I’m confident that their combined talents and experience will allow them to effectively examine state preparedness and provide all necessary recommendations,` said Deal. `By opening up lines of communication between the private and public sector, Georgia is uniquely positioned to combat the risks of Ebola should the need arise and protect the health of the people of our state. An informed public and a prepared group of first responders and health care professionals can save lives. Let me reiterate: As a state, we are taking every precaution to make certain Georgia stands prepared.`
  • Man Dies While in Custody of Athens Police - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called to look into the death of 60 year-old John E. Marsden while he was in the custody of the Athens-Clarke County Police. Reports said that Marsden died Sunday after he became unresponsive while undergoing a breath test at police headquarters.
  • Acuity Brands Create 700 jobs in DeKalb, Rockdale - Acuity Brands, a Georgia-based global leader in lighting solutions for indoor and outdoor applications, will expand its operations, creating 700 jobs and investing more than $16 million into DeKalb and Rockdale counties over the next five years. As part of a plan to create a workplace that will drive collaboration, innovation and technological advances, Acuity Brands will build a world-class engineering and technology center at a site it owns in Decatur and will also invest in facility upgrades at its complex in Conyers.
  • Man Arranging for Arraning Meeting with 13 YO Girl - Jose Adrian Aguilera, 24 of Cumming, was arrested over the weekend after police said he tried to arrange a meeting with a 13 year-old. Aguilera was charged with 13 counts of obscene Internet contact with a minor, 2 counts of sexual exploitation of a child, 2 counts of electronic obscene materials to a minor and 1 count of attempted child molestation.
  • 2 Shots, 1 Dead in Targeted Shooting - Atlanta police said that Kenneth Corn, 32 of Atlanta, was killed and another victim was hospitalized following a ‘targeted shooting’ early over the weekend. Reports said that at least one person approached the two men as they sat in a car on Barrow Place. Police said they exchanged words and at some point, the suspect fired at the victims.
  • Keep Hummers Going in the Georgia Winter - Keep your hummingbird feeders up as temperatures drop this fall and winter. That’s the suggestion of Georgia Wildlife Resources Division biologists, who say that some visiting hummers make the state their winter home and benefit from the nourishment feeders provide. Although the ruby-throated hummingbird is the only breeding species of eastern North America, 12 hummingbird species have been recorded in Georgia over the last few decades. Every year in early fall, our resident ruby-throats migrate south to southern Mexico and Central America, often crossing the Gulf of Mexico in a single flight.
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  • Tigers claw Hawks to roll to 55-10 GSC win - On a night when they were hoping to finally make a statement in the Gulf South Conference, the Shorter Hawks were left speechless. In a GSC-TV Game of the Week showdown with West Alabama on Thursday night at Barron Stadium, it was the visiting Tigers who spoke in loud volumes as they dominated the Hawks, handing Shorter a 55-10 setback.
  • 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.
  • Berry`s Midkiff earns another SAA weekly honor - The SAA announced the women`s soccer Players of the Week for matches played October 13 -19 and Berry`s Maggie Midkiff collected yet another offensive honor.
  • Vikings Women`s XC fifth at Berry Invit - The Berry women`s cross country team placed fifth out of 20 teams that competed in the Berry Invitational. Competition included SAA Conference schools Birmingham Southern and Millsaps, hometown rival Shorter College, and DI UGA. One hundred ninety-one runners competed in the 6K race.
  • Berry Football Picks up Huge Win - Dale Jackson tossed five touchdown passes as Berry College exploded with a 46-24 win over Hendrix College at Barron Stadium on Saturday.
  • Vikings Volleyball All Smiles on Senior Day - Krista Miller dished 28 assists on her Senior Day as Berry College defeated Rhodes College, 3-0, on Saturday. Set scores were 25-11, 25-16, 25-13. The Vikings moved to 14-11 and 9-3 in Southern Athletic Association play. The Lynx fell to 4-17, 0-11.
  • Shorter`s Too wins Barry Invitational - Silas Too turned in his third win of the season with a dominating performance Saturday morning to lead Shorter at the Berry Invitational. The Lady Hawks tallied an 8th place team finish.
  • Cross Country Hosted Berry Invitational - Berry men`s cross country team placed third out of 19 teams that competed in the Berry Invitational. Competition included SAA Conference schools Birmingham Southern and Millsaps, hometown rival Shorter College, and Berry Alumni. One hundred eighty-five men competed in the 8K race.
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    • Harbin Clinic to Host Free Hearing Seminars - Harbin Clinic, the largest physician-owned, multi-specialty healthcare group in Georgia, has announced that its Ear, Nose, and Throat group will host two seminars this month to shed light on the link between hearing loss and cognition. The Cartersville event is scheduled for Friday, October 17 at 11 a.m. at the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce located at 122 W. Main Street. The Rome event is set for Friday, October 24 at 11 a.m. in Harbin Clinics Education Center located at 1825 Martha Berry Boulevard. Both events are open to the community and free of charge, but space is limited.

      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.