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Student Opens Fire
at Washington High School
At least 1 Dead|
A gunman is dead and as many as six others were wounded, at a Marysville , Washington High School. Reports said that the gunman, whom police said was also a student at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, opened fire on Monday inside the school`s cafeteria.
Reports added that he died as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The school is located 35 miles north of Seattle.
Local television stations reported that two people were being airlifted to a hospital. As details of what happened inside the building trickled out, students could be seen exiting the school with their arms raised.
One student at the school said that when the shooting began students initially thought it was a fire drill until teachers told everyone to run into classrooms because there was a shooting.
Coosa Valley News - Person of the Week
Chuck Patel is living the American dream. Listen as Chuck talks about what brought him to Rome, the numerous businesses he has owned and his passion for the city of Rome. On top of working long hours to help his business, he volunteers with numerous local chamber events to help his community grow. Chuck also talks about his family and lets you inside his thoughts on sports. It is because of his tireless efforts to help Floyd County grow, we honor Chuck Patel as this week`s Coosa Valley News Person of the Week.
- Former Court Employees Sentenced
- Two former Floyd County court clerks, Connie Nadine May and Carol Corbin, were sentenced Friday to four years of probation, $1,000 fine and 40 hours of community service. The women pleaded guilty to tampering with court documents earlier this year.
- Student Gets Tuition Picked up by Wine/Spirts Foun
- Georgia Highlands College student, Kristen Kelley (center)
is a first-year student in the dental hygiene program the college.
Last week she received a full-tuition scholarship for one
academic year from the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Georgia
- Mother Indicted for Wreck that Killed Child
- Tewanna Marie Atkins, 34, of Rome, has been indicted on a vehicular homicide which stemmed from a wreck that killed her 7 year-old daughter last April. The Grand Jury indicted Atkins on first-degree vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving, weaving and two counts of failure to use safety restraints charges. Report said that Atkins driving north on North Broad Street when she crossed three traffic lanes and collided with a pole.
- Cartersville Police Searching for Bank Robber
- Cartersville police have described the suspect who robbed Renasant Bank on Old Mill Road as a black male, 6-foot tall and 165 pounds. They said that he was wearing all black with a black beanie cap with a mask over a portion of his face. They added that the suspect left behind cash along his escape route.
- Woman Arrested for 2 Burglaries at Walmart
- Rome police arrested Glenda Ellen Johnson, 42 of Rome, for allegedly shoplifting twice at the Walmart on Catersville Highway. Reports said that she was spotted early Thursday stealing numerous items. Then later in the day she was watched walking into the store by security. Again, Johnson allegedly stole several items. In total, she stole more than $500 worth of merchandise.
- School Placed on Lockdown after Robbery
- An armed robbery at Rhonda`s convenience store on Cave Spring Road left Darlington School on lockdown after the suspect fled on foot toward the school. The suspect was described as a black male; around 6 foot tall and weighing 180 pounds. Authorities said that he walked into the store around 8:30 Thursday and robbed the store at gun point.
- GNTC’s Sees Increase in Veteran Enrollment
- Military experience provides individuals with in-depth technical
experience and an aptitude for detail and consequently the
Machine Tool Technology program at Georgia Northwestern Technical
College (GNTC) is seeing more veterans enroll into the program.
According to Bart Jenkins, director of the Machine Tool
Technology program at GNTC, one-fourth of the students in the
program on the Floyd County Campus are military veterans.
- Charles Hight Square Sold for $21 Million
- Charles Hight Square has been purchased by Publix for $21 million from Atlanta-based Madison Retail. The grocer is the anchor for the shopping center that features AT&T, Sweet Frogs, LaParilla and others.
- Fatality Confirmed on One Vehicle Accident
- Sixteen year-old Model High School student, Alex Crumbley, was
in a one vehicle accident in the 800 block of Ward Mountain Road
around 3:30 Wednesday. Early reports stated that two
other people were in the vehicle, but were uninjured.
- Harbin Clinic Earns National Recognition
- Harbin Clinic, the largest physician-owned, multi-specialty
healthcare group in Georgia, today announced that it has attained
the highest level of certification from the National Committee
for Quality Assurance for its patient-centered approach to
providing comprehensive healthcare. All of Harbin’s primary care
practices, including family medicine, internal medicine and
pediatrics, have been certified, and the Tony E. Warren Cancer
Center has earned esteemed recognition as the first
Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) in Georgia.
- GeorgiaBEST implemented at GNTC
- State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced that Georgia
Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) in Rome has become the
first institution of higher learning in Georgia to offer
GeorgiaBEST, the Georgia Department of Labor’s initiative that
teaches workplace soft skills. `I commend President Pete McDonald
for recognizing the need to incorporate soft skills training
into the curriculum at Georgia Northwestern Technical College,`
said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. `Georgia Northwestern
and the other technical colleges in Georgia are well respected
for the excellent job they do preparing students with the skills
that are in demand in today’s workforce. The addition of soft
skills training will make them even better prepared to get good
jobs and have successful careers.`
- Maple Street Robbery Suspect Arrested
- One of the suspects in the Maple Street armed robbery over the
weekend has now been arrested. Reports said that Micah Anthony
Wood, 24, was arrested after he was released from the hospital wound with a gunshot wound. Wood is charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, armed robbery and another firearms charge.
- Metro Rome’s unemployment rate falls to 7.5%
- The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Metro Rome’s
unemployment rate for September was 7.5 percent, down nine-tenths
of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in August. The rate in
September of last year was 8.5 percent. While the rate decreased, Metro Rome lost 200 jobs in September,
as the total number of jobs dropped to 39,100 from 39,300 in
August. The losses came in the goods-producing sector, which
includes manufacturing and construction, along with the
- Man Arrested, Threatens to Harm Floyd Co. Deputy
- A Chattanooga man, Michael Jamey Chitwood, 42, was arrested on Wednesday after he was accused of threatening Floyd County Deputy Chris Parton. Reports said that Chitwood threaded to harm Parton while in the emergency room of Floyd Medical Center. Parton added that the suspect tossed a cup of water at Parton before trying to hit him.
- GHC awarded grant to rid textbooks
- Affordable Learning Georgia, a University System of Georgia
initiative, awarded grant money to Georgia Highlands College for
the redesign of one of its classes toward the use of more free
open resource learning materials. The freshman college studies
-FCST 1010-class is a 10-week course that strives to teach
students skills relevant to achieving success in college such as
time management, organizational and test?taking skills.
- Sam Nunn to Visit Rome on Monday
- The Floyd County Democrats will host Sam Nunn in Rome on
Monday, October 27th at 2pm at the FCDP Campaign Headquarters
located at 5 Broad Street.
- Floyd GOP Election Night Victory Party
- The Floyd County Republican Party will hold an election night
victory party at the Brewhouse Music & Grill on Broad Street
in downtown Rome, GA on Tuesday, November 4 at 6:30pm.
- 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.
High School Football - Week 9 Finals
- Darlington – 40 at Armuchee - 6
- Dade County – 6 at Coosa – 21
- Murray County- 3 at Calhoun – 56
- Central, Carrol – 42 at Cedartown - 14
- Callaway – 41 at Pepperell - 7
- LFO – 7 at Sonoraville – 54
- Sequoyah – 38 at Rome - 21
- Model – 23 at Chattooga - 0
- Haralson County – 8 at Rockmart -41
- North Murray – 17 at Adairsville – 56
- Solar Energy Approved at Ga Military Bases
- The Georgia Public Service Commission today unanimously
approved the construction of three solar photovoltaic
installations on three Georgia military bases as part of a
partnership between the Georgia Power Company and the U.S. Army.
The three bases are Fort Benning, Fort Gordon and Fort Stewart.
All three projects are scheduled to be completed before
the end of 2016 and will generate up to 30 megawatts of
electricity each. The solar installations will
provide power to Georgia Power customers but if needed can also
generate power exclusively for each base.
- Man Accused of Cyber Attack Sentenced in Atlanta
- A year-old Estonian man, Nicolaevich Tsurikov, pleaded guilty to orchestrating a 2008 cyberattack on a credit card processing company that enabled hackers to steal $9.4 million has been sentenced to 11 years in prison by a federal judge in Atlanta. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $8.4 million.
- Gwinnett Sheriff`s Deputy Arrested on DUI Charges
- A Gwinnett County sheriff deputy was arrested on Thursday night on DUI charges. Reports said that Anthony Pesaresi worked as a senior deputy in the jail. Authorities said that his children were inside the car at the time of his arrest.
- Former UGA player arrestd for Robberies
- Former UGA football player Quintavius Harrow was behind last week on charges he robbed two businesses at gunpoint. Reports said that he turned himself in on the accusation that he and 21-year-old Richard Lucas robbed two businesses at gunpoint. He was accused of robbing a woman at the Summit gas station on Veterans Parkway and is the suspect in the robbery of a Circle K in the 4400 block of Macon Road.
- Woman Found Dead, Burned - Boyfriend Arrested
- Rodricus Deuntae Ward, the former boyfriend of a 24 year old woman found dead in a burned car in Athens has been arrested. He was booked in Greene County on charges of with possessing a firearm by a convicted felon
- Forsyth Inmate Walks Away from Work Duty
- A Forsyth County inmate, Koby Blanchard, 39, of Cumming, reportedly walked away from work detail on Friday. Blanchard was serving time for
arson, burglary and theft.
- Carrollton Attorney Arrested for Forgery/Theft
- Carrollton attorney Robert B. Eddleman has been arrested and charged with forgery and theft by taking. Reports said that Eddleman allegedly converted funds from a trust fund and used it for personal purchases. Carroll County investigators said that they are continuing to look at other possible victims.
- Major Meth Traffickers Arrested in Ringgold
- Catoosa County authorities discovered close to two pounds of methamphetamine during a routine traffic stop this week. Reports said that Jesus Humberto Lopez Deanda, 27, of Lilburn, and Mitchell L. Mary Cordova, 24, of Duluth, were stopped along Highway 41 in Ringgold on Tuesday night. Reports said that the two suspects are allegedly major distributors of meth from metro Atlanta to metro Chattanooga.
- Mistrial Declared in Burrell Ellis Case
- After four days of jury deliberations, a DeKalb County jury could not come to a ruling against suspended CEO Burrell Ellis. Reports said that the closest the jury came to a unanimous vote, 11-1, was on an extortion charge. District Attorney Robert James office declined to say if he would seek a retrial or drop the case.
- Mableton Truck Compnay Cites for Serious Violation
- Stafford Transport Inc., a solid waste removal trucking company,
has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor`s Occupational
Safety and Health Administration for five safety and health
violations following an inspection at the company`s Mableton
facility. OSHA initiated the inspection in July 2014 as part of
the agency`s Site-Specific Targeting Program*, which directs
enforcement resources to workplaces with higher-than-average
rates of injuries and illnesses. Proposed penalties total
- Murder Arrest Made in Neighboring Cherokee Co
- This week Cherokee County E-911 received a call reporting a shooting at a residence in the Farill community. Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver, deputies, and Cedar Bluff police officers responded to the scene. Officers discovered a white male, 39 year-old Billy Ingram had been shot and killed.
The recently formed Cherokee County Major Crimes Unit quickly responded to the scene and began the investigation. Investigators from the multi-agency unit worked around the clock to determine the persons responsible for Ingram`s death.
In the Mind of - Tony Potts
This has been one, if not the most fun college football season in a very long time.
Well, unless you are a Florida Gator fan.
It really does seem week after week the schedule features `knock out` games as well as the last second barn burners. From the time you wake up on Saturday morning until early Sunday evening the slate of games this season has been a must watch.
It`s also been neat to watch the new kids take a step up into the spot light while teams like Alabama, Oklahoma and USC start to take a step back. Also, if you hate the SEC, you will start to enjoy the coming weeks. As the final stretch of the season winds down you will see the best start to knock off the best week after week.
Right now is the time to get hot, and maybe it`s the homer in me, but dang, Georgia is getting hot. The defense is finally clicking and with a fully rested (and ticked of) Todd Gurley soon to be returning, things are looking up over in Athens. Folks say the Dawgs are getting no respect with its number 9 ranking, but I love it. It is good enough at the point to keep you from getting overconfident while close enough to know that teams above you will start to get knocked down. All you have to do is win and you are in. No worries.
Man, the Falcons are bad. I said it a few years ago, Matt Ryan is NOT a SuperBowl quarterback. I still think that to be correct.
It is hard to believe that heading to week 8 that the best record in the NFL belongs to the Dallas Cowboys. They are playing the SEC way, by running the ball. DeMarco Murray has already carried the ball 187 times this season. That will help them in the regular season, but come January, Tony Romo will have to lead the team. He can`t.
If you havn`t heard the Atlanta Hawks have installed a 3D video display at Philips Arena. They will be able to have the greatest introductions in the NBA this year. It will be worth making a trip to Atlanta just for that.
Oh yea, interesting fact. Despite missing 2 games, Todd Gurley still leads the SEC in rushing yards and touchdowns.
Last week I went 7 for 10, taking my season record to 57 for 80. I had better start getting some `B`s` if I want to pass the season.
- USC over Utah
- Auburn over South Carolina
- Michigan State over Michigan
- Kansas State over Texas
- Mississippi Stave over Kentucky
- UPSET: OK State over West Virginia
- Georgia Tech over Pittsburgh
- UPSET : Penn State over Ohio State
- Alabama over Tennessee
- UPSET: LSU over Ole Miss
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- 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.
- Coming Soon
- Berry Starts Scary Berry Haunted Hayrides
- The Scary Berry haunted hayride and walking trail opens Thursday at 8 p.m.
- 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.
Berry College Students to Teach Creative Writing Class
- The Berry College `Writing and Community` class invites local high school students to take part in a series of creative writing workshops beginning Oct. 28. `Utterances: A young writers workshop` will be taught by seven Berry senior creative writing students. The workshops will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 13, Nov.18, and Dec. 2 at the Sara Hightower Regional Library.
Trail of Tears Announce Next Meeting
- The next meeting of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 10:30 AM at the Old Newnan train depot in Newnan, GA. This is one of three historic buildings operated by the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society (NCHS). The speaker will be former Georgia TOTA president Jeff Bishop who is also the current director of the NCHS. Jeff will be speaking about the Creek Indians who lived in this area of Georgia.