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Gaza Hamas`s Real Target Is...  

While the military conflict in the Gaza strip is between Israel and the Palestinian organization Hamas, the political target of the conflict is Egypt.

In the battle in Egypt between the military and Islamists, linked to Hamas, the military threw out the Muslim Brotherhood and cracked down. Part of that crack down impacted the Hamas-led government of Gaza. The government closed 95% of the tunnels that connect Gaza to Egypt, cutting off the Brotherhood`s Gaza support.

Hamas got 40% of its taxes from tariffs on `tunnel` goods. The loss of those goods also impacted the economy in Gaza. Some analysts believe that the overall economy is down 20%.

Hamas may be desparate. Since it couldn`t attack Egypt, it hit Israel with the idea that maybe a cease-fire would result in re-opening its Egyptian tunnels.

As Israeli journalist Avi Issacharoff said, `Make no mistake, Hamas remains committed to the destruction of Israel. But Hamas is firing rockets at Tel Aviv and sending terrorists through tunnels into southern Israel while aiming, in essence, at Cairo.`

All of this makes resolving the conflict difficult. Israel is not in a position to give Hamas what it really wants. For Egypt, the situation is in many ways a win-win. The war hurts both Israel and Hamas. Also given its political situation at home, it is very unlikely that the Egyptian government wants any Hamas militants to leave Gaza and seek `refuge` in Egypt.

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  • Atlanta Man Jailed For Gordon Co. Break-ins - Gordon County deputy sheriffs were dispatched to a commercial storage unit facility near Fairmount concerning several units having been burglarized. Detectives assigned to the case followed leads which led them to recover stolen property at a pawn shop in Fairmount the next day. The investigation progressed in conjunction with authorities in a number of other jurisdictions in Georgia and Tennessee, and led to the arrest of Justin Ursel Folds, age 20 , of Ellenwood, Georgia by authorities in Hall County, Georgia.
  • Plan Makes College Return easier for Georgians - Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby and Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson announced Georgia’s `Go Back. Move Ahead.` campaign Tuesday. The campaign will encourage many of the more than one million Georgians who have completed some college to return and finish their degrees. `In order for Georgia to remain economically competitive, we must have an educated work force, and focusing on college completion is one way we intend to do that,` said Gov. Deal. ’Go Back. Move Ahead.’ provides resources for prospective students and makes it easy for any Georgian who has started college to go back to school and earn a degree or certificate.`
  • Gordon Sheriffs Auxiliary Hosts Kids’ Clinic - Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston and the Gordon County Sheriff`s Auxiliary recently hosted it`s fifth annual Football Clinic for kids ages 6 through 12. A number of local football coaches and instructors helped with the clinic, including long-time rec coach and referee Ronnie Reeves, Sonoraville High School head coach Jim Kramer, Calhoun Middle School head coach Eric Rigney, recreation league coach and Clerk of Superior Court Grant Walraven, former Clemson University lineman Reid Ingle, former UTC linebacker Alex Kirby, and former 4 time all-pro Atlanta Falcon and current deputy sheriff Elbert Shelley. Proceeds from the event will benefit charities sponsored by the Auxiliary which include `The Winners Club` and also less fortunate families in our community during the Christmas season.
  • Man Eats Pot After Charged with Shoplifting - Christopher Adam Harper, 28 of Rome, was arrested on Monday after police said he tried to steal razors, a pack of batteries and a can of cooking spices at the IGA on Shorter Avenue. Authorities added that Harper tampered with police evidence when he placed marijuana in his mouth and ate it.
  • Woman Found Unconscious on Train Tracks - Rome emergency responders were notified that on Monday that a woman was found laying across railroad tracks on East 12th at Cedar Avenue. When they arrived they discovered he victim unconscious and with an injury to her head. Authorities later identified the woman as 69 year-old Cheryl Harris. She was treated on scene before being transported to a local hospital.
  • Rome Commission Approves to Keep Millage Rate Same - The Rome City Commission approved that the city`s tax millage rate stay the same at 26.15 this week. The tax rate now has remained the same since 2010.
  • Rome BOE Looks for Interim Superintendent - The Rome Board of Education has said that it is looking to hire an interim superintendent after Jeff Bearden leaves to take over the Forsyth Job in August. A spokesman said that the board has received several applications, including some from the local area, to fill the position.
  • Newell Reycling Announces Merger - Newell Recycling of Georgia LLC has announced that it will merge with Blaze Recycling & Metals LLC. . The deal is expected to close in August and the newly combined company will be named Newell Recycling Southeast.
  • Teen Charged with 20 Counts of Burglary - Gordon County deputy sheriffs were dispatched to a number of closely grouped private residences in the Dews Pond community in response to reports of thefts from a number of automobiles over the weekend. A witness reported seeing a white male, dressed in dark clothing, in the vicinity near the time of the thefts. Deputies searched the surrounding area and a short time later stopped a suspicious white/male at a nearby convenience store. A search of this man`s belongings revealed property taken from a number of the victims.
  • Major Fruit Recall in Georgia - Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of some stone fruits (including plums, peaches and nectarines), and related made-in-store items prepared with these stone fruits that have been distributed here in Georgia, because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Georgia Department of Agriculture inspectors will be checking retail stores to make sure the recalled product is removed from sale.
  • Man Arrested for Floating River Drunk - Joshua Matthew Campbell, 26 of Armuchee, was arrested after police said he was floating down the river while intoxicated. Campbell was found floating down the Etowah River near downtown Rome. Reports said that police was notified by a woman who sad that her husband, who had been drinking, was jumping from a raft and was floating down the river.
  • Gas Prices Fall to Lowest Level in Months - Gasoline is selling at the lowest price since March amid rising gasoline supplies and falling oil prices. The national and Florida average prices for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline are on a 30-day streak of declines. Prices in Georgia and Tennessee have fallen 34 and 32 consecutive days respectively. `Oil prices briefly rose following the crash of Malaysian Airliner Flight MH17, but gas prices didn`t skip a beat last week,` said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. `Motorists continue to enjoy discounts at the pump and that`s likely to continue this week.`
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  • Deal: Talk Before Sending Unaccompanied Minors - Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday sent this letter to ask the Obama administration to define the status of the Central American unaccompanied minors being held by federal authorities before asking private or state organizations in Georgia to take them in. `The state of Georgia has received no guidance from the federal government about what it plans to do with these children, even though we’ve read news reports that federal agencies have touched base with private charitable organizations in the state,` Deal said. `Before any children are sent to Georgia, we need to know their federal status and the plan for returning them to t heir parents or guardians. We are particularly interested to know if the children will be classified as ‘refugees,’ which would entitle them to all social welfare benefits available to Americans. Between Medicaid and school enrollment, this would come with a large price tag for Georgia taxpayers, and that’s unacceptable. Georgia already holds a disproportionately large refugee community, and I’ve worked with Democratic state representatives who asked me to help deal with the challenges of large refugee communities lacking job and language skills needed for self-sufficiency. These challenges are compounded when the refugees are children here without their families.`
  • Woods win GOP Nomination for School Supt. - Rome`s Mike Buck fell short of becoming the next Georgia State Superintendent. According to the Georgia Secretary of State`s Office, Richard Woods finished with 199,258 votes to Buck`s 198,531 votes, or a margin of 50.1-49.9 percent. Because of the closeness, a recount is expected.
  • Loudermilk Wins US District 11 US House Seat - Bartow County`s Barry Loudermilk defeated Bob Barr in a runoff for the District 11 seat at the U.S. House of Representatives. Loudermilk defeated Barr by over 30 percent with a vote of received 33,589 votes, or 66.33 percent, against Barr`s 17,050, or 33.67. With no Democratic challenger on the November ballot, Loudermilk takes over the District 11 representative seat.
  • Local Tea Party Hosting Immigration Meeting - The Rome TEA Party hosts a 2P meeting featuring Phil Kent. `GEORGIA GANG` PANELIST AND NATIONALLY RENOWNED IMMIGRATION AUTHORITY and you are invited Thursday July 31st from 6:30-8:00 P.M. at the Charles C. Parker Center (formerly Etowah Senior Center), 1325 Kingston Road in Rome, GA Join with the Rome TEA Party for its monthly Policy and Politics event featuring Phil Kent addressing Illegal Immigration and the current boarder crisis.
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  • Forsyth Workers Exposed to Hazardous Materials - Four workers at the Forsyth County Water Reclamation were hospitalized Tuesday after being exposed to Sodium Hydroxide. Other workers were already helping the victims wash off the caustic chemical when the team arrived.
  • Ga Roofing Contractor Cited for Repeat Violations - Pablo Lopez of Norcross has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor`s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for three repeat and one serious safety violation following inspections at two work sites in Milton and Smyrna where employees were performing roofing work without fall protection. The inspections began in February and April 2014 as part of the agency`s Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction. Proposed penalties total $83,930.
  • Deal awarded 60 Plus top honor for tax cut leaders - Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday received the Benjamin Franklin award from the 60 Plus Association, the nation`s largest conservative seniors organization with more than 7.2 million senior supporters, for his longtime leadership on tax reform. `Since taking office, I have worked tirelessly to boost job creation and enhance Georgia’s business climate,` said Deal. `This hard work has paid off, Georgia is now the No. 1 state for business. An essential component to this success was the Georgia Competitiveness Initiative, which I launched in 2011 to create a plan for long-term economic development and job growth. Delivering on the recommendation of that initiative, I signed into law a pro-jobs, pro-family tax reform package. This reform cut taxes for all Georgians and increased the state’s competitiveness.`
  • Arrest Made in Leesburg Arson Case - A Leesburg man has been arrested on second degree arson charges after allegedly setting fire to a residence on County Road 7. According to information released by Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver, 57 year old Samuel Joseph Johns was arrested after being located at a residence on Rocky Ford Road, just across the Etowah County line. A Johns had been in a verbal argument with family members a short time before a 911 call was made and fire departments were sent to the residence.
  • Fmr. Forsyth Deputies File Lawsuit for Termination - A group of eleven former Forsyth County Sheriff`s deputies have filed suit against the county and others after they were fired by Sheriff Duane Piper less than two months after he took office. The suit follows a dismissal of their case by the Georgia Supreme Court. They had appealed a superior court denial of their petition to force a hearing of their case by the Forsyth County Civil Service Board. The high court ruled to dismiss the officers` appeal because they failed to follow the correct procedure in filing it.
  • Latvian-based manufacturer to create 150 jobs - Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday that Valmiera Glass, a Latvian-based manufacturer of fiberglass products, will locate to Dublin, creating 150 jobs and investing $20 million within five years into its first U.S.-based headquarters and manufacturing facility. Valmiera Glass will locate on 40 acres in an industrial park on I-16 in Dublin. The approximately 80,000-square-foot facility will manufacture fiberglass products for the North American market, heavily utilizing the Port of Savannah. Because its manufacturing process is highly automated, the newly created jobs will be well paid and will require well-trained candidates. Valmiera Glass will also take advantage of QuickStart, Georgia’s top-ranked workforce training program.
  • 9 YO Georgia Girl Dies After Being Hit by Plane - A 9-year-old Georgia girl has died after being hit by an airplane while on the beach with her father. The Sarasota County Sheriff`s Office confirmed that Oceana Irizarry, of Fort Stewart, was injured Sunday when both she and her father were hit by the plane as it landed on Caspersen Beach in Venice. Sgt. 1st Class Ommy Irizarry, 36, died at the scene of the crash.
  • DeKalb Officer Resigns After Shooting Dog in Face - DeKalb County police officer David Anthony Pitts resigned Monday after he shoot and a resident`s German Sheppard and then blocked its owner from taking the pet to the vet. The officer responded to a false alarm at a Decatur home to find the 9 year-old dog. When the animal surprised the Pitts, he shot him in the face. Pitts then defended the shooting to investigators as necessary.
  • Chattanooga Choo Choo - $8M in Renovations - The Chattanooga Choo Choo announced this week that they are planning a $8 million renovation and restoration project. The complex will include a comedy club, 500-capacity music/entertainment venue, retail space and two new restaurants with outdoor patio seating off of Market and 14th streets. The project will also include $1 million to be invested in renovating the hotel rooms in Building One. `We will bring the building back to its early historical form, showcasing the original architectural elements,` said Jon Kinsey, Managing Partner of the Chattanooga Choo Choo.
  • GPA Tops 3 Million Teus, Sets Tonnage Record - The Georgia Ports Authority moved more than 29 million tons of cargo, 3 million twenty-foot equivalent container units and more than 700,000 auto and machinery units in Fiscal Year 2014. `The board and staff of the Georgia Ports Authority are to be commended for their outstanding achievements this year,` said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. `Our ports’ success is a win for us all, and a direct result of Georgia’s commitment to the GPA and support for critical port infrastructure projects such as the harbor deepening and enhanced access to I-95 and I-16. Georgia’s deepwater terminals support jobs, investment and economic development in every county across the state.`
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It is the last week of July and the end of July means the trade deadline in Major League baseball. Contending teams will be scrambling all week to see if they can find that one piece that puts them over the top and gets them to the World Series.

As far as the Atlanta Braves are concerned, I do not think they can win a World Series with this team as it is today. The offense is too inconsistent and the pitching staff is not quite dominant enough to make up for that. This means that if the Braves want to really become a contender they must either add a dependable offensive weapon or improve the pitching staff. I don`t see the offensive answer out there so the more likely path would be to shore up the pitching.

The Braves` bullpen is basically fine but Atlanta is one dominant starter away from being scary in the playoffs. There at two such starters out there that might be available before the trade deadline. Jon Lester of the Red Sox and David Price of the Rays could both be on the trade block. Lester certainly is. Personally I prefer Price but the Rays may decide not to trade him. The bigger question is what can the Braves put together to close such a deal?

Both of these teams are going to want real value in exchange for their ace starter. This only works for the Braves if it doesn`t weaken the current team on its push for a championship. The first obvious player to offer is Christian Bethancourt. Atlanta has a young catcher in Evan Gattis making Bethancourt expendable and Christian is a highly regarded prospect nationally. He is the type of young talent teams are looking for when they trade away an ace pitcher.

Bethancourt by himself is obviously not enough. I like the idea of adding Mike Minor into the mix. Everyone has believed that Minor has great potential. That does not seem to be developing for him in Atlanta but perhaps a change of scenery would make a difference. It often does. The Braves claim to be confident in the starting rotation they have but anyone who thinks Atlanta wants to be starting Mike Minor in a playoff game is delusional.

The problem is that it is believed that it might take both of the Braves top minor league prospects to get Price, Bethancourt and pitcher Lucas Sims. Atlanta may be reluctant to give up that much and might not have to if they pursue Jon Lester.

Maybe the Braves could throw in BJ Upton and agree to eat some of his salary. Upton is hurting the team with is .200 batting average and lackadaisical attitude in the outfield. Has he ever thrown out a base runner at home plate? It wouldn`t be the first time a deal was sealed with, but I digress. The simple truth is that Upton was much better at Tampa than he has been in Atlanta so maybe the Rays wouldn`t mind taking him back.

The more likely scenario is that the Braves makes a much smaller deal for a left-handed addition to the bullpen and call it a day. That probably isn`t enough but it may well be what transpires. Oh well, football season is almost here anyway.

Mark Miller

  • 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.
  • Rome Place Gil on DL - The Rome Braves announce that INF Gerald Chin has been placed on the disabled list with right hamstring tightness. LHP Yean Carlos Gil has also been placed on the DL with lower back tightness. Rome receives INF Trevor Sprowl from Danville and RHP Zach Jadofsky from Lynchburg.
  • UGA Picks Up Football Recruit for 2014 Class - UGA has gotten a commitment in their 2014 class. Joseph Ledbetter, has played NCAA Div. II college basketball the last two years, was offered a football scholarship by UGA and accepted it after trying out for the Bulldogs at Dawg Night prospect camp last week. Ledbetter`s younger brother, Jonathan, is a 4 star defensive lineman from Tucker High School who is committed to Alabama.
  • R-Braves Place Gerald Chin on DL - The Rome Braves announce that INF Gerald Chin has been placed on the disabled list with right hamstring tightness. LHP Yean Carlos Gil has also been placed on the DL with lower back tightness. Rome receives INF Trevor Sprowl from Danville and RHP Zach Jadofsky from Lynchburg.
  • GHC Bball Players Picked for All-Star Event - The Women`s Basketball Coaches Association of the National Junior College Athletic Association held its 6th Annual All-Star Weekend this past weekend in Niceville, Florida hosted by Northwest Florida State College. Georgia Highlands College was represented at the event by Coach Brandan Harrell, Gabby Kendall, China Henderson, and Aujana Dawkins.
  • R-Braves place Giardina on DL - The Rome Braves announce catcher Sal Giardina has been placed on the disabled list with a concussion. Transferring to Rome from Lynchburg is catcher Anthony Nunez.
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