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was returned from Afghanistan, where he was killed by a suicide bomber.
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For the second time in a week another school shooting was reported. This time an 18 year-old gunman, Steven Jones, killed one student and wounded three others at Northern Arizona University.
According to University Police Chief Greg Fowler, Jones was taken into custody.
Police said that the shooting occurred after a confrontation between two student groups in a parking lot near Mountain View Hall, a student residence located on the eastern edge of campus near the school`s football stadium. What led up to the violence was not immediately known.
The shooting happened at approximately 1:20 a.m. local time. Mountain View Hall residents received four mobile phone alerts and were told to stay indoors, but the campus was not placed on lockdown.
Fowler said the victims were believed to be shot multiple times and are being treated at Flagstaff Medical Center near the NAU campus, but their conditions are unknown.
U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, issued a statement on the shooting Friday morning.
‘My thoughts and prayers are with families of the person who was killed and the three others who were wounded in the horrific shooting on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff early this morning, he said. I appreciate the efforts of all state and local law enforcement officials, first-responders and school administrators, and continue to pray for the recovery of the injured, as well as all those in the NAU community who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy.’
The shooting comes the same day President Barack Obama is set to visit Roseburg, Oregon, and the families of those slain in the October 1 massacre at Umpqua Community College.
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Floyd Medical Resolves Alleged ADA Violations
- The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia
has reached a settlement agreement with Floyd Medical Center, a
system of health care providers located in Rome, Georgia, to
resolve an investigation into allegations that it violated Title
III of the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to ensure
effective communication with individuals who are deaf and hard of
Cedartown Man Charged with Rome Armed Robbery
- A Cedartown man, Danny Kay Ely, 55, turned himself into authorities this week after he was accused of robbing a home on Blacks Bluff Road in southern Floyd County. Reports said Ely entered the home and pointed a gun at the victim and demanded money on Tuesday.
DOT to do Major Work on US 41 in Bartow County
- Work could begin soon on resurfacing US 41/State Route (SR) 3 in
Bartow County. Georgia DOT has just awarded a contract to C.W.
Matthews Contracting Company, Inc. of Marietta, Georgia, valued
at nearly four million dollars for a construction project to
resurface this highway. The project includes 6.389 miles of
milling and plant mix resurfacing on SR 3, beginning north of
Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and extending to north of SR 293
Homeless Woman Charged with Rome Burglary
- A homeless woman, Robin Delanae Rodriguez, 29, has been arrested and charged with first degree burglary. Reports said that Rodriguez was given permission to use a washing machine in a carport of a home on Lewis Road in Armuchee. However, the resident said Rodriguez went inside the home and took clothes and a rifle.
Calhoun Road to Close for 30 Days
- Georgia DOT is advising motorists in Gordon County of a detour
off Harmony Church Road at its intersection with State Route
(SR) 156/ Redbud Road, scheduled for Monday, October 19, 2015.
Harmony Church Road at this location will be closed to traffic
for approximately 30 day to allow for work on realigning the
road where it intersects with SR 156/ Red Bud Road.
This realignment operation is part of a Georgia DOT project to
reconstruct the interchange of I-75 and SR 156/Redbud Road. The
project also includes the construction of a bridge and its
approaches, resurfacing on I-75 and other safety improvements
to the interchange.
Man Convicted of Rome Murder
- A Floyd County jury found 21 year-old Kyle Timmons guilty of felony murder, aggravated assault and aggravated battery on Wednesday. Timmons was acquitted of a malice murder charge. The verdict came just after close to three hours of deliberations. Police said that Timmons shot and killed Dominique Spears at the Callier Forrest Apartments back in September of last year.
Wanted Man Arrested After Wreck Near Berry College
- Floyd County police said that Levi Jones, 22, was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a fence on Berry College property Wednesday. Reports said that Jones then fled on foot and was eventually found hiding on a magnolia tree near the home of Berry College president Steven Briggs.
Neighborhood Enhancement Going Well in N. Rome
- The first week of the 90 day Neighborhood Enhancement Program in North Rome was a success. Officials said that over 10 tons of trash was removed by the Solid Waste Department from Blossom Hill. They said that in addition to trash, old furniture and tree limbs were removed to make the area even more beautiful. Numerous potholes in the roads have also been patched.
Fosters Bend Rd Reduced to One Lane in Floyd Co
- Fosters Bend Road will be reduced to one-lane traffic on October
12, 2015 between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. The affected area is
located at 1241. This lane closure is necessary in order to
replace a cross drain. Residents and commuters using Fosters
Bend Road could experience slight delays when traveling through
the work area.
Fmr. GOP Chairman Guilty of Trafficking Cannabis
- A former chairman of the Cherokee County GOP has pled guilty to
Trafficking Cannabis. John Lloyd Ellis, 53, was in Cherokee
County Circuit (AL) Court this week, where he pled guilty.
According to WEIS radio, a little more than a year ago
Ellis was indicted by a grand jury on the charges of Trafficking
Cannabis and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree.
Floyd County Schools Name Teacher of the Year
- Learning is not about correct answers but mental exploration and experimentation for Dr. Tabatha Tierce, Floyd County Schools 2016 Teacher of the Year. Dr. Tierce, a second grade math and science teacher at Cave Spring Elementary School, was named the 2016 Teacher of the Year for Floyd County Schools at the October Floyd County Board of Education meeting held on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. Floyd`s new top teacher has the goal of motivating her students to think and risk not always having the best answer so they can achieve deeper learning. “That is a hard shell to crack because children want to please the teacher and give me the answer they think I am looking for but that just means regurgitating information I give them,” stated Tierce. “The one thing I want my kids to know when they leave my class is that they can think, and when they do, amazing things can happen.”
New Euharlee Police Chief Sworn In
- Former Conyers Police detective Mitchell Whitehead has been sworn in as the new chief of police in Euharlee. Whitehead has served as an officer with the department since 2014. He takes over for Terry Harget who was fired following a Georgia Bureau of Investigation investigation.
Roman Honored by Gov. Deal
- Gov. Nathan Deal announced this week the recipients of the
fourth annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities,
including Joyce Perdue-Smith from Rome.
These awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations
that have made significant contributions to Georgia’s civic and
cultural vitality. The awards were presented in partnership with
Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia Humanities.
Calhoun City Schols Name Teacher of the Year
- Calhoun City Schools has named AP History and AP government teacher Dr. Sean McKenzie as its system`s Teacher of the Year. McKenzie was one of four teachers nominated for the honor, including Calhoun Primary School`s Shelley Lipsey, Calhoun Elementary School`s Jamie Bramblett, and Calhoun Middle School`s Tracy Meadows Lester.
City of Cedartown, Police to Hold Auction
- The City of Cedartown and Cedartown City Police will be holding an auction that will include vehicles, electronics and more on October 24th starting at 10 am. A list of other items at the auction include two Ford pickup trucks and a Ford Explorer, all of which run, chairs, electronics, televisions, metal furniture, cabinets and countertops, a V-8 engine and transmission, a bundle of used computers, six utility poles, and various shoes, purses and bags will also be for sale.
Notice of Sign Ordinance in Rome-Floyd County
- The Rome-Floyd County Planning Department and Building
Inspection Department announced a notice of a new local sign
ordinance for the benefit of public safety. Temporary signs
installed in a right-of-way are in violation of litter laws
and sign ordinances. These signs are hazardous to drivers and
pedestrians as they can obstruct the line-of-sight.
GNTC to Give Free GED Practice Tests
- Georgia Northwestern Technical College is giving away free GED
practice tests through October 31 to all current or potential
students who come into one of the local Adult Education Learning
Centers in GNTC’s nine county service area. Students who take the
GED Ready test will be able to see if they are ready to pass the
GED test, if they have skills they need to pass the test, and
will receive a personalized study plan detailing pages and
chapters to study in their favorite study books.
GDOL to help McDonalds recruit managers in Rome
- The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will continue to help
McDonald’s fill several managerial positions for restaurants in
Acworth, Cartersville, Kennesaw and Rome. The recruitment will
be held Thursday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Rome
Career Center located at 462 Riverside Parkway.
Sen Isakson,Perdue Request Audit of Fetal Research
- U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., joined 33 senators in sending a letter to the Obama administration requesting an audit of all fetal tissue research funded or conducted by the administration to determine compliance with the law. Federal laws make it illegal to knowingly acquire, receive, or accept a donation of human fetal tissue for valuable consideration.
Local Rep to Help High School Seniors
- State Representative Trey Kelley announced that he will offer letters of recommendation to qualified Georgia high school seniors seeking the Georgia Military Scholarship at the University of North Georgia. `As a state representative, I feel it is not only my duty to improve Georgia, but to also help prepare the next generation who will be tasked with leading our state. I can think of no better way to do that than by helping deserving students realize their dream to both attend college and serve in the Georgia Army National Guard,` said Rep. Kelley.
Rome Tea Party to Host Lecture on Politics
- The Rome TEA Party will host Politics and Policy featuring
Ralph Barker speaking on the spiritual aspects of political
activism and the increasing silence from the pulpit. The event
will be held at Congregation Beth Aliyah, 710 East 1st Street,
corner of East 1st and Glenn Milner Blvd, on Thursday, October
15, 6:00-7:30 P.M.
Graves Co-Sponsors Bill to Award Purple Heart
- Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement concerning his co-sponsorship of H.Res. 383, a bipartisan Congressional Resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the Sailors and Marines who were killed or injured in the domestic terrorist attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee, should be awarded the Purple Heart:
Graves Votes to Support Troops, Prioritize Defense
- Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) voted this week in favor of the conference report for National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, bipartisan legislation correcting differences between the House and Senate authorization bills. The National Defense Authorization Act is annual legislation that authorizes funding for the Department of Defense.
For Missy Alford with Cartridge World in Rome giving back to her
community has always been a priority. However, after the recent
floods in South Carolina, Missy has decided to start efforts for
her community to give back to another. Listen as Missy and Corey Wright speak about their efforts to take products such as cleaning supplies, water and toys for children to Columbia, South Carolina. Watch as Missy speaks about how the community can still help give support to South Carolina over the next few weeks.
Man Accused of Raping 12 Year-old
- Shalin Ren Payne, 29, was released from prison in April, but is now back in Coweta County jail and is accused of raping and assaulting a 12 year-old girl. Reports said that Payne allegedly chased the girl in her home before throwing her to the floor and attacking her with her 4-year-old brother nearby. Police said that when the girl`s mother returned home, Payne was on top of the child.
GDOL to help Bojangles’ recruit workers
- The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help Bojangles’
Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits recruit about 100 workers for a new
restaurant set to open in November in LaFayette.
The recruitment will be held Friday, Oct. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the LaFayette Career Center located at 200 West Villanow St.
Villa Rica Man Indicted for Million Dollar Scheme
- James Thomas, 44 of Villa Rica, has been arraigned on federal
charges of wire fraud and money laundering arising from an
alleged advance fee fraud scheme involving $1.7 million.
`This defendant is charged with operating a sophisticated
advance fee scheme that took advantage of individuals and
businesses who had limited options for financing real estate
deals after the recession of 2008,` said U.S. Attorney John Horn.
`This case shows that consumers and small businesses must be
careful about those with whom they enter business relationships,
and should research beyond the information on websites.`
Husband and Wife Sentenced for Tax Fraud
- Kenneth Horner, 59, and Kimberly Horner, 54, both of
Milledgville, Georgia,have each been sentenced to one year,
six months in federal prison following a jury’s guilty verdict
in February 2015, on tax fraud charges stemming from the
defendants skimming money from their towing business. `Small
business owners should take note of this case,` said U.S.
Attorney John Horn. `Skimming cash from your business account
and intentionally failing to report that money to the IRS, as a
federal jury concluded these defendants did, is illegal.
Community services and all other benefits of government depend
upon citizens paying their fair share of taxes.`
Gwinnet Teacher Arrested for Sexual Assault
- Gwinnett County middle school teacher James Everette Buckland has been arrested and charged with sexual assault and sexual battery. Reports said that Buckland made `physical contact of a sexual nature` while being employed as a school teacher. They added that the victim was a student on school grounds when the alleged assault occurred.
Welfare Check Leads to MultiCountyHigh Speed Chase
- Authorities are looking into what apparently began as a welfare check in Cherokee County - and turned into a high speed chase which crossed over into Chattooga County, Georgia. Reports said that on Wednesday Cherokee County authorities had reportedly received a call that an individual had threatened to harm himself. The man was spotted in a vehicle and when law enforcement attempted to pull the subject over, he fled, leading officers on a chase from the area of Fullerton Road, onto the Holland-Chattoogaville Road and finally to Silver Hill Road, where the driver crashed.
Deputy Resigns After Assaulting Wife
- Authorities say a Richmond County sheriff`s deputy, David A. Sward Jr, 37, has resigned a day after being charged for an altercation with his wife. The Columbia County Sheriff`s Office says Sward`s wife told investigators that the deputy pushed her down and slammed a door on her hand. She called 911, but she says Sward took her phone and hung up. When dispatchers called back, Sward answered and said everything was fine and that the call was an `accident.`
Teen Charged with Burglary, 3 counts of Rape
- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Randolph County Sheriff’s
Office, and State Probation Officers arrested Dondrell Tells,
18, for burglary and 3 counts of rape. Reports said that on
October 2, 2015, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Sylvester
Regional Office was requested by the Cuthbert Police Department
in Randolph County to assist with the investigation of a reported
sexual assault that occurred earlier on the same date.
Burke Co Football Player Dies
- A Burke County football player who collapsed at a practice two weeks ago has died. Rod Williams, an offensive lineman, collapsed and received CPR just minutes into a practice on Sept. 22. He died Monday at the age of 17. ` We were initially told he had some drastic sudden event with his heart,` Burke County coach Eric Parker said.
2nd Teen Shot and Killed in Union City this Week
- A 15-year-old boy has died after being shot in the chest at an apartment complex in south Fulton County. Reports said that the shooting of Benson West of College Park Monday was the second fatal shooting in two days revolving teens within a half-mile in Union City.
Supreme Court to Hold Special Session in Ellijay
- The Supreme Court of Georgia will hold a special session of oral arguments next Friday, Oct. 16, in historic Ellijay, GA, located in in the Appalachian foothills of North Georgia. Court will be held at the Gilmer County Courthouse. Each year, the state`s highest court travels outside Atlanta to hear cases for the purpose of making the court`s business and the judicial process more accessible to the public. The session, which begins at 10 a.m., is open to the public.
So while most people are talking about the rain, the quarterback, the coaching being the reason for the huge blowout loss against Alabama, I have a different opinion.
I think it is recruiting. Don`t get me wrong, Georgia is going in the right direction. Actually, they are going in a great direction, but they do not have enough pieces to the puzzle to make a whole picture. That is because of 2013. The most important part of a college team is its juniors. These are the kids that are playing for draft stock. It just so happens that this class is not only UGA`s worst class in memory, but a lot of the players that did sign is gone.
Let`s take a look.
Start with winning the state battle. The 2015 (freshman) class was great! The Dawgs grabbed 5 of the top 10 players in the state, including number one player in the country Trent Thompson. Toss in a total of two-five stars, and eleven-four star players this year`s freshman will make an impact in a few years.
Now let`s look at this year`s sophomore class. The Dawgs still didn`t pull off a great one, but did grab three of the state`s top 10 players, Lorenzo Carter, Malkom Parish and Nick Chubb. They did complement it having three-five stars and 10-four stars. All but one, Jacob Park is still with the team. They did lose Rico Johnson who had to leave football from an injury, Hunter Atkinson quite the game and Detric Bing-Dukes transferred out.
Now this is where things start to hurt. In 2013, UGA signed two of the top 10 players in the state; Trey Matthews and Brice Ramsey. Leaving guys like Robert Nkemdiche, Montravius Adams, Carl Lawson, Alvin Kamara, Demarcus Robinson, all to leave the state and make their names elsewhere.
Let`s take a closer look at that class. Not a single five-star. And 11-four stars. You would think `that`s not bad`, but after a class of 34 recruits signed, 8 transferred (including four of the top 6 players - Trey Matthews, Trammel Terry, Shaq Wiggins and Brendon Langley), 2 are graduated JUCO players and four others quit for various reason.
That brings us to our senior class. The 2012 class was pretty good, however, most of the top players are already gone as well. The gem of the class Josh Harvey Clemons is now playing for Louisville, Todd Gurley is now in the pro`s and Keith Marshall is working to make sure he doesn`t have a limp for the rest of his life. The top athlete in the class Sheldon Dawson is also gone.
The team does have a few redshirts left on this team which includes Malcom Mitchell, Jay Rome, Sterling Bailey and Hunter Long.
This all being said, Alabama has a host of five and four stars on its roster. As Georgia continues to recruit well, barring a catastrophe, stud commits such as Jacob Eason, Julian Rochester, Ben Cleveland, Charlie Worner added to the possibility of Issac Nauta, Derrick Brown, Kyle Davis could make this team really, really dangerous in two seasons. Patience is a virtue. The Bulldog Nation has had to have it for 35 years. Coach Mark Richt I believe has two more signing classes to prove what he has as a coach. The stars are lining and with the addition to this plus the last two classes, excuses are running out.
Keep the faith, the Dawgs destiny is still in their hands.
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Last week`s Potts` Picks would have put me in bankruptcy (5-5) if I had gone to Vegas. I am now 32 for 50 on the year.
Alabama over Arkansas
TCU over Kansas State
Oklahoma over Texas
Clemson over Georgia Tech
Northwestern over Michigan
Florida over Mizzu
Utah over Cal
FSU over Miami
Georgia over Tennessee
Vikings Volleyball Wins at Oglethorpe
- Katie O`Rourke and Christina Goforth spiked 12 kills apiece as the Berry College volleyball team defeated Oglethorpe, 3-0, on Wednesday night. Set scores were 25-22, 25-15 and 25-17.
The win improved BC to 14-5 overall and 5-3 in the Southern Athletic Association. The loss dropped the Stormy Petrels to 5-15 and 0-8.
Berry Men`s Soccer beats Covenant in OT
- Enrique Garcia scored in overtime as the Berry College men`s soccer team defeated Covenant College, 2-1, on Monday afternoon.
The win improved the Vikes to 3-4-2. The loss dropped the visiting Scots to 3-6-1.
Tickets Now Available for Myrtle Hill Cemetery Tours
- Mingle with residents of Myrtle Hill and discover the stories
of how they’ve impacted Georgia’s Rome along with the history
of Myrtle Hill. The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau
will host the 19th annual Where Romans Rest: Myrtle Hill
Cemetery Tours on Saturday, Oct. 17. Where Romans Rest will
have four tours available to the public. Tours will depart at
10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. from Veterans
Plaza, which is located at the corner of South Broad and Myrtle
Streets at Myrtle Hill Cemetery.
Free Berry Songs of the Fall Event
- The Berry College Singers, under the direction of new Director of Choral Activities Paul Neal, will present an eclectic program at 3 p.m. Oct. 18 at the First Baptist Church in Rome.
Immediately following their performance, the Berry College Concert Choir will present Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms in its 50th anniversary celebration of its premiere in New York in 1965.
Darlington Fine Arts to present A Doll`s House
- Darlington School’s Fine Arts Department will present Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” at the Zelle Black Box Theatre on the Darlington campus, Oct. 15-17. Evening performances of this year’s fall play will take the stage on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. A matinee performance will be offered on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.
The two-hour drama tackles the timeless but heavy concepts of free will and independence, societal norms and gender roles, serving as a social commentary on the era in which it was penned.
RFPRA Announces Zombie-Thon Giveaway
- With spooky, Halloween events drawing closer, the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority encourages people to register for the Harbin Clinic Zombie-thon, and, for mile-marker registrants, is offering free ticket vouchers for “The Addams Family, A New Musical Comedy,” at the DeSoto Theatre on Broad Street.
A proud sponsor of the Rome Little Theatre production that opens October 16 and runs through November 1, RFPRA will give ticket vouchers to the 25th, 50th, 100th, 150th, 200th, 250th, 300th, 350th, 400th and 450th persons who register for the Harbin Clinic Zombie-thon.