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Another major government software development project is in deep trouble. After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration says it isn`t working and doesn`t know when it will.

On the other hand, Social Security’s chief actuary, Stephen Goss does know the program`s Trust Fund will be gone in 2016. That means a 20% cut in payments to the 10.3 million people currently receiving benefits.

Just as the Obama administration was coming into office, Social Security embarked on an aggressive plan to replace its outdated computer systems. Just as the Obamacare deveopment effort failed, the SSA `has invested $288 million over six years, delivered limited functionality, and faced schedule delays as well as increasing stakeholder concerns,` according to a report by McKinsey & Co., a management consulting firm.

The Obamacare system also has `limited functionality.` A Government Accountability Office (GAO) study found that its fraud prevention ability is very weak. Eleven out of twelve applications submitted using `fictitious identities` were accepted, resulting in subsidized health coverage.

The system designed to manage payments to health insurers still isn`t finished.

The Affordable Care Act mandated that the system connect to a variety of Federal computer systems so that applicants can have their personal information verified, including income and immigration status. It is also supposed to seamlessly connect to other federal computer networks, including ones at the Social Security Administration, IRS, Veterans Administration, Office of Personnel Management and the Peace Corps as well as the systems of a host of insurance companies.

It now appears that the administration`s `fix` to the system was to eliminate all of these connections and just approve insurance subsidies whatever information was entered.

The Feds aren`t the only government with computer problems. Tennessee is being sued because of problems with bringing online a $35.7 million computer system, the Tennessee Eligibility Determination System for its Medicaid program.

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Dr. Daniel Todd is a vet and owner at the Mount Berry Animal Clinic. Watch as Dr. Todd speaks on what path resulted in him treating animals as well as his journey from Michigan to Rome. It is because of his passion for not only helping the community, but it`s furry friends we honor Dr. Daniel Todd as this week`s Coosa Valley News Person of the Week.

  • Metro Rome’s unemployment rate rises to 8.2% - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Metro Rome’s unemployment rate increased to 8.2 percent in June, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.9 percent in May. The rate was 9.4 percent in June a year ago. The rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers. There were 39,200 jobs in Rome in June, down by 100, or 0.3 percent, from 39,300 in May. Most of the job loss came in local education.
  • Arrest Made After Man Uses Stolen Debit Cards - Christopher Wayne Loyd, 24 of Rome, was arrested this week after police said he used a stolen debit card to make numerous purchases at the East Rome Wal-Mart . Reports said that Loyd, who was finally arrested on Thursday, used the debit card last December on three separate transactions. The purchases were made in the amounts of $93.46, $295.61. A third transaction for $81.17 was denied. The arrest warrant added that officers found and attempted to arrest Loyd last month at the same Wal-Mart but escaped after he hit an officer and ran away.
  • Rome Woman Charged with Aggravated Stalking - A Roman woman, Erica Nicole Guzman, 20, has been arrested after police said she stalked a man via text message. According to reports Guzman violated her conditional bond by texting a man she was told to have no contact with.
  • Standoff Ends with Felony Charges for Rome Man - Floyd County police took a man in custody after several hours of a standoff Thursday morning. Reports said that Floyd County 911 received a call from a female stating that a male had struck her with a knife and that she had suffered an injury. She said that she had escaped from an apartment at Ashton Ridge on Callier Springs Road. When officers arrived at Apartment 504 they made verbal contact was made with the male offender, Christopher Nashon Garrett. They reported that Garrett was armed with a knife and was telling officers to shoot him through the door. Reports went on to say that officers added that Garrett may have stabbed himself. It was learned that Garrett was also wanted on an outstanding Probation Violation Warrant as well as additional Felony Warrants in regards to this incident.
  • GDOL to help Automation Personnel recruit workers - The Georgia Department of Labor will help Automation Personnel fill more than 30 jobs in Calhoun and Adairsville with a light industrial manufacturer. The recruitment will be held Tuesday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the GDOL Rome Career Center, 462 Riverside Parkway. The company is recruiting experienced inspectors, creelers, tarp cutters, twisters, and tufting machine operators and mechanics, along with pole-hyster drivers and dye-house sew-on and roll-up workers.
  • Barron Stadium Parking Lot to Close for Paving - The Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority will close the parking lot located at the corner of 2nd Avenue and West 3rd Street on Friday, July 25 for paving. Barron Stadium and Maddox Track visitors may park in the lot located in front of the Rome Tennis Center.
  • RFPRA Offering Free Softball Clinics - The Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority (RFPRA) is offering free softball clinics for all registered fall girls recreational players ages five to fourteen on Saturday, August 23 at 9 a.m. at Alto Park. The clinic will be facilitated by Shorter University coaching staff and players. Participants will receive expert instruction on hitting, pitching and defense. (The pitching clinic is not offered to the 6U league). The instruction will be facilitated through three separate one hour clinics held the same day and divided by age division to allow participants to practice all skills or focus on select skills.
  • Accreditation Assessment Team to Visit Rome PD - A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. will arrive in Rome early next month to examine all aspects of the Rome Police Department`s policy and procedures, management , operations and support services. Verification by the team that the RPD meets the Commission`s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain CALEA accreditation.
  • Drugs Found in Woman at Floyd County Jail - A Cave Spring woman, Sandra Lucille Wilson, 54, has been arrested for having drugs across the guard line at the Floyd County Jail. Reports said that officers found Xanax and Hydrocodone pills in her possession at the jail.
  • Woman Arrested for Passing Fake $20 - Tonya Regina Tharp, 40 of Calhoun, has been arrested in Floyd County after police said she allegedly passed a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store on Martha Berry Highway.
  • Woman Tries to Cash Fake Check in Rome - Laesa Lashalle Yow, 27 of Gadsden, Alabama, was arrested by Rome police for allegedly trying to cash a fake check at the Suntrust Bank on Second Avenue. Reports said that the check was for $2,950.85.
  • GHC to Host Seminar on Managing Human Resources - The Georgia Highlands College Office of Continuing Education will be hosting the 8th Annual Managing Human Resources Seminar on August 6 from 8:30am - 2:30pm. The seminar will focus on the changing employment landscape in Northwest Georgia and how to attract and retain high quality talent.
  • Cell Phone Photo Leads to Burglary Arrest - Gordon County authorities were dispatched to a home on Dews Pond Road near Calhoun this week in response of a burglary taking place. When deputies arrived they were shown a photo by a witness of the fleeing suspect vehicle, which she took with a cellular telephone. This photograph enabled deputies to locate the suspect within 90 minutes, who was still in the same neighborhood.
  • GNTC`s Dees Wins Grainger Scholarship - Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) welding student James Dees is the winner of the 2014-15 Grainger Tools For Tomorrow. scholarship. Dees was chosen for his academic performance within the colleges welding program. Dees will receive $1,000 to go towards his program at GNTC for the fall semester this year and the spring semester in 2015. Once Dees successfully completes his program at GNTC, he will also receive a Westward. Toolkit to go towards his new career.
  • Fugitive Arrested in Rome During Traffic Stop - A fugitive from Cherokee County, Alabama was arrested in Rome on Tuesday. James Dyer Walters, 49 of Rome, was found during a traffic stop on Alabama Highway at Shorter Industrial Boulevard. Reports said that Walters was also in possession of meth. In addition to being charged with being a fugitive from justice, he is facing an open container violation, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug related objects.
  • Floyd Co. Lowers Millage Rate - The Floyd County Commission approved a measure this week that will lower the millage rate for taxpayers. The commission lowered the rate by .008 to 29.679 mills. Also, a recently corrected accounting error has corrected the fire protection millage rate dropped by .001.
  • Man Charged with Murder Faces Additional Charges - The man, Jamal Nevin Foreman, 25, accused of shooting and killing a man at the Lexus Lounge in Rome over the weekend is now facing additional charges. To go along with murder he is now facing possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and aggravated assault, all felonies. He is also being charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct, pointing or aiming a gun at another, discharging a firearm near a public street and discharging a firearm on the property of another.
  • Three Charged with Stealing Lawnmower - A Cedartown man along with two Rome women, Christopher Lee Owens, 33, Kristi Leslea Hash, 33, and Jessica Leann Boatner, 31, were arrested this week and charged with stealing a lawnmower. According to arrest records they have all been charged with felony theft by taking.
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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.`
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Perdue Defeats Kingston, Now Faces Nunn - Georgia Republican voters settled on businessman David Perdue as their nominee for the state`s open United States Senate seat. Perdue defeated Savannah Representative Jack Kingston in the GOP runoff. Perdue will now face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November.
  • 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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  • Chattanooga Man Admits to Raping 2 Year-old - Michael Shelby Skellenger , 27 of Chattanooga, has been arrested after authorities said he admitted to raping a two-and-a-half year old girl. Skellenger has been charged with aggravated rape of a child. Investigators said that the incident occurred on July 14. Reports said that the child told her grandmother what happened with Skellenger the next day. The grandmother reported the rape and the girl was taken to the Children`s Advocacy Center, where a nurse practitioner found bruising and hemorrhaging in the area of the assault.
  • Sandy Springs Police Identify Murder Suspect - Sandy Springs police identified Patricko Mondrez Davis, 21 of Atlanta, as the murder suspect for a shooting of a man that occurred late last week. Sandy Springs police Capt. Steve Rose identified the dead man as Takeenen Williams, 23, who lived a couple of miles north of the shooting scene. He said Davis is believed to have shot Williams following a dispute.
  • Ga Insurance Agent Sells Bogus Policies Arrested - Norcross insurance agent, John Paul Kill, 63, has been arrested and charged with numerous counts of fraud. Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said that Kill allegedly sold bogus policies and was operating an unlicensed insurance company, Appeal Insurance Agency.
  • GaDOE Releases Georgia Student Growth Model - The GaDOE has released its Student Growth Model, the metric that will help educators, parents, and other stakeholders better understand and analyze the progress students make year to year. The department is also releasing a web tool, located at, which will allow parents and members of the public to view visualized student-growth data. This data is based on the 2013 school year. Data reflecting 2014 school year student progress will be available in late fall. The Georgia Student Growth Model (GSGM) will provide students, parents, educators and the public with more in-depth information on student progress. Historically, Georgia`s assessment system has only enabled us to ask certain questions: `What percentage of students met the state standard`, for example, or, `Did more students meet the state standard this year compared to last year` ?
  • Dalton Arrests Made After Synthetic Pot Found - A Dalton investigation resulted in authorities` location synthetic marijuana for sale at a local business. Reports said that the arrest was the second for the charge this year for Dhansukh Chhaganlal Bhika, 63, owner of a Dalton tobacco store. His Discount Tobacco Food Mart was also raided in February, which netted more than 1,300 packages of synthetic marijuana and more than $80,000 in cash.
  • Warrant Issued for UGA Dorm Theft - UGA Police have issued a warrant for 5 star football prospect Darnell Soloman in an Athens weekend theft. Saloman, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound wide receiver from Hollywood, Fla., is accused of entering the unlocked suite of two female students in Busbee Hall last Saturday and stealing an iPhone5 and a wallet containing cash and credit cards.
  • Sandy Springs Woman Carjacked Shot in Stomach - Sandy Springs police said that 27 year-old Monique N., Lassiter was shot in the stomach early Wednesday during a carjacking at a Roswell Road apartment complex. Lassiter was taken to North Fulton Hospital where at last report she was listed in stable condition.
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  • Rome Braves Release Matt Weaver - The Rome Braves announce that RHP Matt Weaver has been released from the organization. Joining the club from Danville is RHP Matt Sims. He is Atlanta’s 28th round selection in the 2014 draft out of the University of Texas at San Antonio.
  • 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 track teams earn national academic honors - The Berry College track teams have been recognized by the USTFCCA for academics. The Vikings men`s and women`s teams were cited as All-Academic teams. To make the scholar team list, each team must have a cumulative GPA from every member on the roster of 3.1 or higher.
  • Georgia Tech Dismisses 3 Football Players - Georgia Tech has dismissed three football players this week; Anthony Autry, Darius Commissiong and Travin Henry for violations of the athletic association`s student-athlete code of conduct.
  • Philips Arena Ranked 3rd Best Arena in US - According to Pollstar`s 2014 Mid-Year Report of the top 100 arena venues, Atlanta`s Philips Arena ranked third best venue in the United States. The home of the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Dream and host to concerts also ranked 21st worldwide. The mid-year rankings are determined by tickets sold worldwide for concerts from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2014.
  • Falcons Sign Roddy White to Extension - The Atlanta Falcons say they have agreed to terms with wide receiver Roddy White on a four-year contract extension. White, 6-0, 211 pounds, was selected by the Falcons in the first round (27 th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft.
  • Eric Garcia joins Football & Track coaching Staff - Jose Eric Garcia has been named an assistant football and track and field coach at Berry College, announced Vikings’ Athletics Director Dr. Tom Hart. Garcia arrives at Berry after holding similar posts at Colby (Maine) College--also an NCAA Division III institution. He is a member of both the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
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    • Fresh Produce and More for Sale at Berry Farmers Market - Berry Colleges Student Enterprises will host a weekly farmers market every Thursday in July. Seasons Harvest will sell vegetables, including tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and a variety of others, all naturally grown without chemicals or pesticides. Marthas Herbs will sell potted herbs. Viking Furniture will sell their hand-crafted Adirondack Chairs and wooden lawn furniture.