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Mickey Tuck has been an avid follower of politics for years. Tuck who once ran for local office has decided to take the next step and run for a seat Washington. Listen as Tuck, a Silver Creek residents, speaks on what office he tends to run for, what he decided to run and some interesting things about him! It is because of his love for his country we honor Mickey Tuck as this week`s Coosa Valley News Person of the Week.

  • Recall of Certain Frozen Vggies/Smoothie Kits - Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain products produced in Jefferson, Ga., for potential health risk consumers. Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) inspectors will be checking retail stores and warehouses to make sure the recalled products have been removed from sale.
  • Rome Woman Says Ganger Sons will Kill Man - Montana Keenunn Fisher, 45 of Rome, found herself behind bars over the weekend after she allegedly told a man that her gangster sons would kill him. Reports said that Fisher was arrested after she told the man that her Gangster Disciple sons would murder him. Reports went on to say that she advisted the victim to go home to his wife and children.
  • Rockmart Man Found Dead on Silver Comet Trail - Polk County police have identified the body of a man found dead on the Silver Comet trail this weekend as 41 year-old Paul Odell McGee of Rockmart. Authorities said that McGee is believed to have died from natural causes while riding his bike on the trail Saturday.
  • Human Remains Confirmed as Missing Woman - Floyd County Coroner Barry Henderson has confirmed that the GBI has identified the human remains found near Kingston Highway as that of 24 year-old Ashley Nycole Jones. Authorities were notified of the remains back on March 27 near a subdivision off Everwood Court. The exact cause of death are still pending toxicology and histological testing.
  • Man Arrested for Assaulting Woman With Car - Rome police said that Tootie Ellis Wayne Wade, 22 of Rome, was arrested after he allegedly smashed his car into another during an agrument with a female and her two friends at a grocery store. The victim said that she told Wade that she did not want to talk to him and then proceeded to get in her car and drive away. She told police that Wade got in his car and followed, eventually rear ending her and attempting to run her off the road.
  • Rome Holds Relay for Life Event - Despite the threat of rain thousands of people turned out to Ridge Ferry Park in Rome this weekend to participate in the annual Relay for Life. This year`s theme was `The Roarin` 20s`. According to Peggy Davis with Relay for Life over 300 survivors showed up to join the more than 54 teams.
  • GNTC to Offer GED Classes in Local Counties - The Adult Education Program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is offering a new Saturday cohort program in Chattooga, Murray, Polk, and Whitfield counties as part of the Literacy to Workforce Initiative (LWI). Classes will meet on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and participants have the opportunity to earn their GED® diploma in four months. Students also may earn their GeogiaBEST certificate as part of the program.
  • Booth Museum Announces Summer Series Lineup - For the sixth consecutive year, Booth Western Art Museum had announced the lineup for the 2015 Summer Entertainment Series. Each event will be held on the third Thursday of May, July and August in the Booth Ballroom and will include a buffet-style dinner, cash bar, and excellent entertainment. `The Summer Entertainment Series provides an engaging and exciting way to step into the world of Booth Museum,` says Director of Marketing Tom Shinall. `Over the past several years we have featured theatrical performances, musicians, educational entertainment, and more. However, this year`s lineup will highlight some of the best musical talents we`ve hosted for the Series. The entertainment is set to be great and the Booth Café has three delicious meals planned, so there is no doubt that the 2015 Summer Entertainment Series will be the best yet,` says Shinall.
  • Rome Names New Public Work`s Garage Director - The City of Rome has hired Joe Minter as its new director of the city`s Public Work`s garage. Minter will replace Stanley McCrory, who retired last summer. Minter will be in charge of the garage that handles all of the city`s vehicles and equipment, which is housed on Vaughn Road.
  • Events Planned in Rome for Nat. Tourism Week - The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau announces `Romp Around Rome` events and activities are planned for National Travel & Tourism Week celebration, May 2-10, 2015. The week will celebrate several facets of tourism from the front-line workers in the hospitality and service industry to opportunities for locals to gain the full visitor experience by becoming tourists in their own town. `The nationwide week of events serves to promote the power of the tourism industry,` said Lisa Smith, GRCVB Executive Director. `Tourism is an engine for economic development and adds to the quality of life in Georgia’s Rome.`
  • Oak Hill/ Berry Museum Honored for Revitalization - The gardens of Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum were recognized at the 87th Annual Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. Convention with the `Landscape Design Award`, the top honor awarded by the Garden Club of Georgia annually. The `Landscape Design Award` recipient is selected by The Landscape Design Consultants Council of Georgia, an independent organization from the state awards committee. Tim Brown, Director of Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum, stated, `I am so pleased Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum was recognized for its rehabilitation efforts to bring the gardens back to their natural beauty.` Pictured: Photo Tim Brown Accepts Landscape Design Award
  • Rome Unveils John Henry Towers Historical Marker - The Georgia Historical Marker at 701 Broad Street in downtown Rome was unvieled on Friday to recognize the historical location of Towers’ childhood home where he was born and raised. Towers was born in 1885 and is known as `The Father of Naval Aviation.` He set early records for flying and led the first successful group trans-Atlantic air crossing in 1919.
  • Rome Man Charged with Theft of Woman`s Car - Rome Police arrested Glenn Francis O`Grady, 56 of Rome, this week for allegedly stealing a car that was in a garage for repairs. Reports said that the car`s owner dropped off her 1994 Cadillac DeVille at David`s Garage on Decatur Street to be repairs on April 20th. The victim said that she left the car and $500 and was told that her vehicle would be ready for April 23rd. She added that after numerous failed attempts to reach O`Grady she went to the garage and discovered her car was gone.
  • NWGA HousingAuthority to Increase Age of Residents - The Northwest Georgia Housing Authority announced that they are planning to raise the minimum age of residents from 50 to 55 years-of age at its three senior high-rise buildings in Rome. Cheryl Molock, Director of Housing, said that the move comes after numerous residents have complained about an increased amount of noise and activity because of families visiting younger residents.
  • Georgia Ag Expands Recall of Blue Bell Products - Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the expanded recall of all Blue Bell Creameries products currently in the marketplace, due to possible health risk. The products were distributed in Georgia and include all Blue Bell ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snack products.
  • Only 1 Company Submits Bid for Forum Operations - Despite high hopes from the Floyd County commission, only one firm submitted a bid to take over operations of the Forum in downtown Rome. The lone company, Safari Hospitality Management of Norcross, will not have its proposal looked at before commissioners decide whether or not to let them take over or leave things as is. If commissioners choose to move forward with Safari, they could make a recommendation at the May county commission meeting.
  • 3 Month Investigation Nets 6 Arrest in Gordon Co - A three month investigation has resulted in 6 Arrests for meth trafficking anddDistribution in Plainville/Scottsville Community. Reports said that earlier this week deputy sheriffs from the Sheriff`s Community Watch Unit culminated a 3 month long investigation into the trafficking and distribution of methamphetamine in and about the Plainville/Scottsville community in western Gordon County. The investigation concentrated on illegal drug activity in the Plainville and Scottsville communities, and consisted of many man-hours of covert surveillance and undercover work.
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  • Isakson, Perdue Co-Sponsor Fed. Govt. Rules - U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., co-sponsored legislation this week to ensure state governments are empowered to challenge federal regulations that are constitutionally questionable or burdensome.
  • Ga`s US Senators Support Offshore Production - U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., joined Senate colleagues this week in demanding the administration remove harmful restrictions on offshore energy development and keep its commitment to an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy that will further advance job creation, economic growth and energy security in the United States.
  • Rep. Graves Declares ObamaAmnesty Unconstitutional - Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) this week co-sponsored H. Con. Res. 28, legislation that would declare President Obama’s executive amnesty unconstitutional.
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  • Update on Alabama Homicide - Dekalb County AL Sheriff Jimmy Harris reports Saturday around 3:00 pm the white Ford Ranger truck was located in the Tuckers Chapel Community on Cherokee County Road 47. After locating the vehicle Alabama State Troopers helicopter and St. Clair County correctional facilities tracking dogs was requested. Sheriff Jeff Shaver of Cherokee County and his deputies joined in on the search with myself, Deputies and Investigators. After an intense search by DPS helicopter, St. Clair County Tracking dogs, and both Counties Sheriff`s Office around 2:30 am this morning myself and Sheriff Shaver left approximately 5 Deputies each in the area.
  • Mableton Man Guilty of Murdering his Grandfather - Casey Ryan Collins, of Mableton, has been found guilty of killing his grandfather and then driving around town with his body inside the deceased`s truck. A Cobb County jury took less than 30 minutes of deliberations to find him guilty of malice murder, felony murder, four counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, and concealing a death.
  • Gwinnett Man Arrested in Fla on Child Sex Crime - A Lawrenceville, Georgia man, Kenton Beck, 22, has been arrested and charged the sexual assault of a girl 12 years of age or older. Reports said that Beck `shadowed` the family to Broward County Florida so that he could be with the teen.
  • Man Kills Wife, Child, then Self in Whitfield Co. - Three people were shot and killed during a restaurant shooting in the town of Varnell in Whitfield County. Reports said that the shooting appeared to be a murder-suicide at a combination McDonald`s-Shell store on Georgia 71. The three were identified as 36-year-old Christopher Eric Whitmore, 27-year-old Melissa Ball and their son, Grayden Lee Whitmore.
  • Fmr. Office Manger Pleads Guilty to Embezzling - Judy Elaine Henry, 50, of Lafayette, pleaded guilty in Rome this week to wire fraud charges arising out of her theft of more than $500,000 from her former employer, Bec-Don, Inc., a company that supplies concrete reinforcing steel and related products to the construction industry. `This defendant abused her employer`s trust by stealing money from the company account for nearly eight years, ultimately more than $500,000, said Acting U.S. Attorney John Horn. `Businesses have the right to expect honest services from their employees, but they should nonetheless be vigilant and adopt protocols to safeguard against internal fraud.`
  • Citizen Holds Burglary Suspects at Gun Point - DeKalb, AL, Sheriff Jimmy Harris reports that on April 23rd deputies responded to a burglary call at a place of business on County Road 835 in Fort Payne. When Deputies arrived they found two males being held at gun point by a citizen. The citizen gave a statement that he saw one of the suspects climbing in a rear window of the business, and then saw two males exiting the back door carrying some merchandise. When the owners of the business arrived they confirmed the merchandise to be out of the place of business.
  • Ga Schools/ Districts Award National Designations - The U.S. Department of Education announced yesterday that two Georgia schools and two school districts have received the 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools designation. A Department of Defense school in Georgia was also named. Dr. M. H. Mason Jr. Elementary School (Gwinnett), Big Shanty Intermediate School (Cobb), Cherokee County Schools and Cobb County Schools will split $10,000 in prize money from the Captain Planet Foundation and the Turner Foundation, for demonstrating energy efficiency efforts.
  • Familly Dermatology PC agrees to Settle $3.2Mclaim - Family Dermatology, P.C., which owns and operates a dermatopathology laboratory in Georgia and a number of dermatology practices throughout the Eastern United States, has agreed to pay the United States $3,247,835 plus interest to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by engaging in improper financial relationships with a number of its employed physicians.
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  • Rome Braves Place Povse on DL - The Rome Braves announce that RHP Max Povse has been placed on the disabled list. The Rome team receives RHP Fernando Miranda from the Gulf Coast League Braves.
  • Rome Braves place Sobotka on DL - The Rome Braves announce that RHP Chad Sobotka has been placed on the disabled list with a strained right forearm. RHP Felix Marte has been activated from the disabled list.
  • UGA Basketball Star to Transfer - Georgia Sports Communications announced on Wednesday that forward Cameron Forte will be transferring from the Bulldogs` basketball team as a graduate. According to a statement released by Head Coach Mark Fox, Forte is on track to graduate with his degree from UGA this summer and the Arizona native is looking to get closer to home.
  • Former Berry Baseball Star Gets Call to the Majors - Early last week, left-handed pitcher Chris Rearick received the phone call he had been dreaming of his entire life. A former Berry College standout, 27-year-old Rearick was called up to join the San Diego Padres following Ian Kennedy`s placement on the disabled list.
  • R-Braves Transfer Waszak to Next Level - The Rome Braves announce that RHP Andrew Waszak has been transferred to the Carolina Mudcats (Carolina League) and the team receives RHP Caleb Beech from the Gulf Coast League.
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    • GHC Welcomes Author - Author Joe Samuel Starnes will be speaking about his new novel, “Red Dirt: A Tennis Novel,” in the Floyd campus library on Monday, April 27, from 12:30-1:30pm. Last year, Sam came to GHC to talk about his previous novel, “Fall Line.” Joe Samuel “Sam” Starnes was born in Alabama, grew up in Cedartown, Georgia, and has lived in either New Jersey or Philadelphia since 2000. “Red Dirt: A Tennis Novel,” published by Breakaway Books, is his third novel.

      GDOL recruting manufacturing workers for Rockmart and Rome - The Georgia Department of Labor will help a staffing company, North Georgia Staffing, recruit more than 50 manufacturing workers for plants in Rockmart and Rome. Several recruitments will be held in April and May at the GDOL’s Cedartown Career Center, 262 North Park Blvd. in Cedartown. The recruitments have been set for Friday, April 24; Wednesday, April 29; Wednesday, May 6; and Wednesday, May 13. All recruitments will be held from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

      Northwest Georgia Credit Union Scholarships Available - Need $1,000 for College? Every year, Northwest Georgia Credit Union offers two $1,000 scholarships to members who are graduating high school seniors planning to attend college in the fall. You can get all the information about both scholarships and download the applications here. You can also stop by either NWGACU location to pick up application packets.

      Rain Date for April 17th Golf Tournament - The Jim Bishop Memorial Tee Off Against Child Abuse Tournament, originally set for April 17th, is rescheduled for May 1st due to recent, current and forecasted rain. The field of play is just too saturated for an enjoyable experience.

      Darlington to host 7th annual Tri for the Kids youth triathlon - Darlington School will host the seventh annual Tri for the Kids Youth Triathlon, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Georgia. The USA Triathlon-sanctioned event is sponsored by R.A.C.E. Rome and will take place Sunday, May 3, at 1 p.m.

      AIDS Resource Council will hold 2nd annual Derby Bash - The AIDS Resource Council will hold their second annual Derby Bash on Saturday, May 2nd from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at 7 Lookout Avenue in South Rome. A traditional Kentucky Derby menu and libations will be served. We will also have merchandise from several local businesses to be raffled during the event.