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At least 24 people are confirmed dead in the U.S. from the storms that have flooded Oklahoma and Texas (see map right). That count reflects bodies were recovered in Hays and Blanco counties, Texas. Another 14 others are still missing. Fourteen more people were killed in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico when a tornado struck the town near the U.S. border.

Flooding remains a concern, particularly for people along the Colorado and San Jacinto Rivers near Houston as the floodwaters from North and Central Texas move downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico.

Heavy rains in the area are adding to the threat.

The rains have gone a long way to at least temporarily ending the droughts that have plagued the area for for 11 of the past 14 years.

They come at a time that officials in the area were looking at building multi-million and even multi-billion dollar desalination plants.

The idea is to use `brackish` or salty water found underground or, in the case of Texas, seawater.

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Parke Wilkinson has lived all across the United States, but has finally found `home` here in Rome and Floyd County. Wilkinson, a principal for Rome City Schools, speaks about what led him in the path of education, his travels and his future as the next principal at Anna K. Davie Elemetary School.

  • Shooting Suspect Captured in Bartow County - The suspect in a deadly double shooting Thursday night has been arrested. Dwayne David Tanner was arrested in Bartow County at Cartersville Medical Center around 2 am. Reports said that Tanner opened fire on a mother and daughter outside a home at 1560 Fosters Mill Road in Rome.

    Stephanie Tanner, 41, the wife of the shooter, was killed. Tanner`s mother-in-law, Beverly Broach, is listed in stable condition and is being treated at Floyd Medical Center.

    Tanner, 45, has been charged with murder, two counts of aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

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  • Four Charged in Bartow County Murder - Bartow County authorities have arrested four people in relation to the April 7 murder of Robert Ashely Carr, 36 of White. Arrick Deandrae Camps, 20, of Cartersville, Ga. and Bernard Mario Dixon, 20, of Cartersville, Ga. with felony Murder. Stephanie Fawn Gardner, 34, of Cartersville, Ga. and Elizabeth Morgan Kelley, 24, of Acworth, Ga. were also arrested and charged Party to the Crime of felony Murder.
  • Floyd Co BOE Proposes New Budget - The Floyd County Board of Education proposed their 2015-2016 budget this week. According to initial numbers, the board projects $91,381,171, including $30.7 million in property taxes, $57.3 million in state funds and $1.9 million from taxes on real estate and ad valorem`s. The expected expenditures is projected to be at $91,379,549, which includes $61.3 million in instruction costs, $4.7 million in student transportation, $8.1 million in maintenance and operations and $6.7 million in school administration costs.
  • Floyd Co Jail Inmate Charged w/ Attempting Escape - Floyd County Jail inmate Travontae Marico Williams, 24 of Rome, is facing new charges after reports said he allegedly tried to escape custody. Williams is accused of getting out of his cell and running down the hall and away from eight officers. He was eventually captured.
  • Final Defendant in DomesticTerrorism Case Pleads - The final of three suspects in a domestic terrorist case has pleaded guilty in Rome. Terry Peace, of Rome, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction charge before U.S. District Court Judge Harold L. Murphy. He is scheduled to be sentenced Friday, August 7 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Heritage Foundation Invites Community to Picnic - The Rome Area Heritage Foundation (RAHF) will give guests a glimpse into the history of one of Floyd County’s most treasured mill village communities on Saturday, June 13, 2015. In this rare tour of Lindale, event patrons will discover the community’s `Old Town` (c. 1895-96) and `New Town` (c.1902), learn about the area’s importance to Floyd County, and enjoy a delicious picnic dinner on Silver Creek.
  • Floyd Co Schools Hosting Summer Feeding Program - As the percentage of children in schools receiving free or reduced price meals rises, so does the concern of where meals will come from during the summer when school is out for children and parents. Many parents in our community rely on the school food service program during the school year to provide quality, delicious and nutritious meals for their children. In Floyd County, school is out but food is still in for children in the community. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is partnering with local communities again this year to serve free meals for children and Floyd County Schools is teaming up with local churches and organizations to meet the need in our community.
  • Update: Police Chase Ends in Fatality of Suspect - A Thursday morning police chase down Alabama Highway ended with the death of the suspect in western Floyd County. Reports said that the chase began after police received a call that a person pulled a gun on someone at the Royal Inn on Martha Berry Boulevard around 3 am. The suspect, identified as Darrius Campbell, then fled and police began a chase down Shorter Avenue. Police said that Campbell then reversed his direction and started to drive on the wrong side of the road. It was then the car crashed into a Jeep at the Mays Bridge Road intersection, causing it to catch on fire, and resulting in the suspect`s death.
  • Berry College Announces New Trustee - The Berry College Board of Trustees announced Thursday its newest member, Dr. Brad Bushnell. Bushnell graduated from anderbilt University with a B.A. degree in religious studies and earned an M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia and an MBA from Auburn University. He now works in orthopaedics and sports medicine at the Harbin Clinic in Rome.
  • Community Cleanup Day Planned for Shannon - Floyd County Government, Keep Rome/Floyd Beautiful, and OTR Wheel have partnered to offer a `Free Residential Dump Day` in the Shannon Community on May 30th, from 9 am until 2 pm. The event will be at the Old Mill in Shannon on 1st Street. County crews and Community Service workers will be on site to help unload vehicles.
  • Metro Rome Unemployment Declines to 6.5% - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Metro Rome’s unemployment rate for April was 6.5 percent, down five-tenths of a percentage point from 7.0 percent in March. This is the lowest the rate has been since June 2008 when it was 6.3 percent. The rate in April 2014 was 7.4 percent.Click Here for Full Layout
  • Sex Predator Arrested Again in Summerville - A convicted sex predator has been arrested in Chattooga County on child molestation charges. Johnathan Warren Chitwood, 33 of Summerville, was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly molesting a victim under 16 years of age. Reports said that authorities were notified after the child`s mother sent a message to the school asking the nurse for help. The school nurse then contacted police.
  • DOT to Begin Widening Hwy 41 in Bartow County - Work could begin soon on widening State Route (SR) 140 in Bartow County. Georgia DOT has just awarded a contract to Northwest Georgia Paving, Inc. of Calhoun, Georgia, valued at nearly twelve million dollars for a construction project to widen a portion of the highway. The project includes a mile of widening from two to four lanes and reconstruction on SR 140, beginning west of Oothkalooga Creek and extending to SR 3/US41 in Bartow County. It also includes the construction of two bridges over Oothkalooga Creek.
  • Rome Man Arrested for Passing Fake Checks - Police arrested 42 year-old Lee Eric Myers, of Rome, Wednesday after he allegedly passed a fake checks totaling over $1,300 to stores around Floyd County. Reports said that he attempted to pass a check for $1,050, with a fake name and account number, to Western Tires and Service on Shorter Avenue. Officers said that he also attempted to pass a check for over $240 to Evans Store on Alabama Highway last weekend.
  • Allegiant Looks to be Fimed at Lindale Mill - While nothing has been officially announced, Allegiant -Part 1` will be the movie filmed at the old Lindale Mill. According to reports, the production company has rented out the Gilbreath Recreation Center, next door to the mill, from June 11-23.
  • Man Takes Woman Camping to Prevent Testifying - Everett Lee Barber, 51 of Silver Creek, has been arrested for taking a woman, who was going to be a witness in his court case, camping in order to prevent her from testifying against him. Reports said that Barber allegedly took the woman to a campground between May 6 and 8th.
  • GHC Expands Military Recognition with New Program - To further grow its military friendly recognition and to address the need for more military friendly higher education throughout the nation, Georgia Highlands College has partnered with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to launch the college`s first ever Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program is designed to aid eligible students with any outstanding out-of-pocket expenses after their normal VA benefits have been applied.
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  • Isakson Announces Ga Student Military Appointees - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., announced Thursday that 37 high school seniors from across Georgia whom he had nominated to the United States military academies have received appointments to the prestigious schools.
  • AG Olens Applauds Appeals Court Ruling - The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court`s injunction against the Obama Administration`s executive action granting legal status to undocumented immigrants. Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens issued the following statement, `I am pleased with the 5th Circuit`s decision to keep the President`s illegal executive action on hold. We are a nation built on laws, and the President simply does not have the power to bypass Congress and single-handedly change the law to achieve his policy goals. There is no question that immigration reform is needed, but it must be accomplished in accordance with the Constitution.`
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  • Early Learning Protoype Launched at Ga Schools - Motivated by evidence of the strong relationship between school climate and reading proficiency, an innovative public-private partnership is creating a model for the promotion of positive learning climates in Atlanta’s early learning centers and elementary schools. The Early Learning Climate Prototype is funded by the David, Helen, and Marian Woodward Fund – Atlanta and implemented by the Metropolitan Regional Educational Service Agenc, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Education and Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL).
  • Man Who Shot Cobb Cop Found Dead in Prison - A man accused of shooting a Cobb County police officer has been found dead at the Georgia State Prison in Reidsville. Reports said that 36-year-old James Albert Phillips was found dead on Monday. Officials added that Phillips` death is under investigation and the cause of death could not be released.
  • Ex-Coroner Pleads Guilty to Taking from Dead - Former Richamind County Coroner Grover Tuten has pleaded guilty to taking $3,000 from a dead man`s bank account back in 2012. Tuten pleaded guilty in federal court to unauthorized use of an access device.
  • Kidnapping Suspect Attempts to Flee by Swimming - Forsyth County authorities said that a 20 year-old kidnapping suspect attempted to escape custody by swimming across Lake Lanier. Reports said that Kip Smith Jr, of Cumming, allegedly became engaged in a fight with the 19-year-old female victim on Monday. Reports said that he made her get in his vehicle and a 911 caller said the woman was not allowed to leave as he drove away. When officers attempted to pull him over he refused to stop. They added that he eventually jumped out of the car and fled on foot.
  • Paulding Co Murder Suspect Found Dead in Park - Paulding County authorities said that a man accused of killing his wife has been found dead in an Atlanta park. Officials said that body of 41-year-old Rockwell Thelmon Serrabo was found Wednesday in Sandtown Park. Authorities believe he shot himself in the woods behind a home in south Fulton County.
  • GBI Called to Investigate I75 Traffic Stop - The Georgia State Patrol has requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation investigate a shooting involving a trooper on Interstate 75. Late last week Senior Trooper Richard Kennedy was patrolling on I-75 when he clocked a Jeep Cherokee traveling at 98 miles per hour. Trooper Kennedy got behind the vehicle to conduct a traffic stop. The Jeep pulled into the right emergency lane near mile marker 71.
  • Teen Drivers Put Everyone at Risk - Nearly two-thirds of people injured or killed in a crash involving a teen driver are people other than the teen behind the wheel, according to a new report released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. In 2013 alone, 371,645 people were injured and 2,927 were killed in crashes that involved a teen driver. The results come just as the `100 Deadliest Days` begin, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when teen crash fatalities historically climb.
  • Road Closure in Pickens County for Movie Filming - The Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) is advising motorists in Pickens County of a single lane closure on State Route (SR) 515/Appalachian Development Highway, scheduled for Friday, June 5, to accommodate filming a movie by MENA Productions, LLC. The right lane northbound of SR 5151 at its intersection with SR 108 will be closed to traffic from sunset on Friday, June 5 until sunrise on Saturday, June 6, 2015. The city of Jasper Police Department and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department will help guide traffic and message boards will be placed ahead of the lane closing points.
  • Employee Pleads Guilty to Bribing DeKalb Official - Cecil K. Clark, 55 of Jonesboro, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery of a public official while working for a janitorial services company from 2006-2010. According to reports ,Clark worked for a company, identified as `Company A,` that sought to do business with both DeKalb County and the Georgia World Congress Center. Clark facilitated payments through his company to provide a public official a furnished luxury apartment in Atlanta, Georgia. The official who lived in the apartment was Patrick Jackson.
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In the Mind of - Tony Potts
What a disappointing end to the Atlanta Hawks great season.

Folks, are blaming bad officiating and injuries or really whatever else they can think of for being swept, but I don`t think so. It comes down to experience. Say what you want to about Labron James, but he`s been there before, unlike any of the Hawks. As a matter of fact, he is only the third person in history to appear in five straight NBA Finals. That is impressive.

With the new ownership coming in next year, who knows what is ahead for the Birds. I hope they continue to build and blossom. I think the pieces are there with Coach Bud leading the way.

Folks continue to gripe about the Atlanta Braves, but holy smokes, did they get it right with the Shelby Miller trade. I told fans from the start that it was a great move.

FIFA showed that soccer is more rigged than the World Wrestling Federation. With the corruption scandal this week, folks found out two things… soccer really doesn`t matter, and that Americans really still care less about the sport.

Under 100 days until college football folks. This time of the year puts new meaning to `Dawg Days of Summer`.

Until next week. Follow me on Twitter @TheTonyPotts

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  • Shorter Mourns Passing of Hall of Fame Coach - The Shorter University athletic family has a void in their hearts as they have lost member of the university`s Hall of Fame.
  • Darlington Players Win 7AA All-Region Honors - Seven members of Darlington`s varsity baseball team have been named to the 7AA All-Region first and second teams, as the Tigers finish their season with a 24-9 record as the Class AA state championship runner-up.
  • Atha Named Asso. Athletic Director at Darlington - Head of School Brent Bell announced Thursday that longtime physical education teacher and coach Tommy Atha will take on an additional role as associate athletic director, effective July 1. `I am grateful for Tommy`s continued commitment to Darlington and know that he will do a great job in this role,` Bell said. `Tommy`s experience and love of Darlington will make him a great partner with new Athletic Director Eddie Guth.`
  • Shorter Names New Athlethic Director - Kim Graham has been named the new Director of Athletics at Shorter University. He will begin his duties at Shorter on June 1. Graham comes to Shorter from Division I Campbell University in North Carolina, where he has served as Senior Associate Athletics Director since November 2008. At Campbell, he supervised internal operations of the athletic department, served as the NCAA Athletics Certification Liaison, and was responsible for all scheduling. He was also sport administrator for soccer, softball, volleyball, strength and conditioning, and athletic training.
  • Rome Braves Announce Roster Moves -
      The Rome Braves announce roster moves for Wednesday May 27th
    • RHP Jorge Zavala has been promoted to the Carolina Mudcats (Carolina League)
    • OF Stephen Gaylor has been assigned to Danville (Appalachian League)
    • OF Connor Oliver has been received from Carolina
    • INF Tanner Krietemeier has been activated from the disabled list
  • Darlington Loses State Baseball Championship - The Darlington Tigers baseball club finished runners up in the Class AA state playoffs this week following a 11-5 loss to Wesleyan.
  • Former Rome Braves Star Arrested for Rape - Former Rome Braves, and current shortstop at Gwinnett, Elmer Reyes, 25, has been accused of raping and kidnapping a woman. Reports said that the team was playing in Columbus, Ohio last weekend when Reyes met up with two women for drinks at a local restaurant.
  • R-Braves Daris Named Player of the Week - The Rome Braves and the South Atlantic League announce that outfielder Joseph Daris has been named the Player of the Week for May 18th - 24th.
  • Shorter Places 47 to GSC Honor Roll - Six Shorter student-athletes earned Gulf South Conference FireSeeds All-Academic recognition; while 41 others were recognized on the Spring Honor Roll, the conference announced Tuesday.
  • Matt Larry named head coach at Darlington School - Longtime Shorter University head baseball coach Matt Larry has accepted the head job at Darlington School, the university announced Tuesday. Larry, a former Shorter diamond standout and 1993 graduate, spent 12 years as the Hawks` head coach after nine previous seasons as an assistant.
  • Rome Braves` Codey McElroy Retires from Baseball - Rome Braves INF / OF Codey McElroy has announced his retirement from baseball.
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    • GHC to host 10th annual free summer Foundation Camp - Applications are currently being accepted for Georgia Highlands College`s 10th annual free Foundation Camp for boys between the ages of 10 and 14. The two-week camp takes place on the GHC Rome campus and starts on June 1st and lasts until June 12th. Foundation Camp is free, but has a limited number of spaces available that are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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