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Despite five years of `recovery` the median household certainly hasn`t recovered. Median household income is currently down 6.6% after adjusting for inflation.

A new study financed by the Russell Sage Foundation also shows that most households have lost a lot of wealth as well (see chart right).

Households in the 50th (median) percentile were worth almost $88,000 as the century began. Due to the housing bubble, that net worth jumped to nearly $100,000 in 2007 but has now fallen to around $56,000 currently.

Even the fairly well-to-do have seen their net worth fall about 15% from over $300,000 in 2000 to around $260,000 currently.

People in the 90th percentile haven`t seen their net worth change much, increasing by about 3%.

Even the very wealthy haven`t benefitted from the recovery. Their net worth is down 4% during the 5 years of the recovery. On the other had, their net worth is up since 2000 by almost 15% from around $1.2 million to $1.36 million.

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It was 11 years ago that Booth Western Art Museum opened its doors and welcomed the first visitor. On Saturday, August 23 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Booth Western Art Museum invites members and guests to celebrate 11 spectacular years at the Museum`s Birthday Party and Member Appreciation Day.

`Each year, we host a birthday party to celebrate the Booth and to say thank you to our members. It is a fun-filled day of games, activities, and entertainment for children and adults, says Karen Mahoney, membership manager for the Museum.

The Booth Birthday Party and Member Appreciation Day will provide a day full of fun with entertainment, food, and activities. New this year, visitors can help Master Model Builder, Josh Bohn from LEOGLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta build a masterpiece. In conjunction with the Art and the Animal exhibition, at high noon and 1:00 pm, the Chattahoochee Nature Center will host a Hawk Encounter outside the Museum`s North entrance. At 1:30 pm in Bergman Theatre, the eight-sibling family band of Fish N` Picks will perform a mix of bluegrass, folk, hymns, Irish, and country music. Throughout the day two puppeteers will roam the Museum entertaining and interacting with the characters of Tex and Pecos Bill from the Center of Puppetry Arts.

Returning this year to Bergman Theatre, Scott Douglas will host his interactive Native American Music Show at 11:00 am and 2:30 pm and at 12:30 pm Jim Dunham will share his Tales of the Old West. Throughout the day, visitors will be able to listen to the sounds of The Peach Pickers Band, see artist demonstrations by pastel artist Mildred Torres-Speeg, colored pencil artist David McKean, and sculptor Pat Burns. Members of the Booth Photography Guild will share selected fine art photography works and children will have the opportunity to create their own hawk, tiger or octopus mask and their very own bolo tie!

In the Booth Ballroom from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, a traditional hot dog lunch including slaw, chili, onions, chips, cookies, soft drinks, water and birthday cake will be available. Lunch is free for Booth Museum

Members and will be available to not-yet-members for $5.00. At 11:30 am, children are invited to participate in Wrangler Jim Scott`s Stick Horse Rodeo and throughout the day, special guest TV Star Art Matters will be available to sign autographs and will be interviewing guests on why they love the Booth!

During the Booth Birthday Party visitors are encouraged to explore the current exhibitions. Art and the Animal is on exhibit through September 7 in the Special Exhibition Gallery. A Complex Frontier: Selected Works by Bernard Williams is on exhibit through October 5 in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery and in Borderlands Gallery, the Booth Photography Guild Annual Exhibition will be available to view after opening on August 19th.

Admission to the Booth Birthday Party and Member Appreciation Day is free for Booth Museum members. General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65 and over, $7 for students, and free for active military with I.D. and children 12 and under.

Booth Western Art Museum, an Affiliate to the Smithsonian Institution, is a 120,000 square foot museum located in Cartersville, Georgia, where guests are invited to See America`s Story through contemporary Western artwork, a Presidential Gallery, Civil War art gallery, and Sagebrush Ranch, an interactive children`s gallery. Open since August 2003, Booth Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Southeast and is the second largest art museum in the state of Georgia. To learn more about Booth Western Art Museum, visit

  • Major Fruit Recall in Georgia - Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of some stone fruits (including plums, peaches and nectarines), and related made-in-store items prepared with these stone fruits that have been distributed here in Georgia, because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Georgia Department of Agriculture inspectors will be checking retail stores to make sure the recalled product is removed from sale.
  • Teen Charged with 20 Counts of Burglary - Gordon County deputy sheriffs were dispatched to a number of closely grouped private residences in the Dews Pond community in response to reports of thefts from a number of automobiles over the weekend. A witness reported seeing a white male, dressed in dark clothing, in the vicinity near the time of the thefts. Deputies searched the surrounding area and a short time later stopped a suspicious white/male at a nearby convenience store. A search of this man`s belongings revealed property taken from a number of the victims.
  • Man Drowns in Bartow County Lake - According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, yet another man has drowned in Lake Allatoona. The last victim, a 26-year-old male, died Sunday while attempting to retrieve a float. The man, whose name was not released, was swimming away from the shore near Allatoona Landing in Bartow County when he went under.
  • Man Arrested for Floating River Drunk - Joshua Matthew Campbell, 26 of Armuchee, was arrested after police said he was floating down the river while intoxicated. Campbell was found floating down the Etowah River near downtown Rome. Reports said that police was notified by a woman who sad that her husband, who had been drinking, was jumping from a raft and was floating down the river.
  • Gas Prices Fall to Lowest Level in Months - Gasoline is selling at the lowest price since March amid rising gasoline supplies and falling oil prices. The national and Florida average prices for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline are on a 30-day streak of declines. Prices in Georgia and Tennessee have fallen 34 and 32 consecutive days respectively. `Oil prices briefly rose following the crash of Malaysian Airliner Flight MH17, but gas prices didn`t skip a beat last week,` said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. `Motorists continue to enjoy discounts at the pump and that`s likely to continue this week.`
  • Man Arrested for Harrassing Telephone Calls - A Dahlonega man, Richard Bradley Clark, 38, has been arrested after police said he used derogatory slurs during harassing telephone calls to the Floyd County Sheriff`s Office. Clark, who tapes his `prank` phone calls goes by the name Dick Clark when he post the conversations on YouTube. Clark, has several ties to Floyd County with a majority of his calls going to residents of Rome and Floyd County. Clark is charged with making harassing phone calls.
  • Deputy Cleared of Wrongdoing in Gun Discharge - The investigation into the accidental discharge of a Floyd County Sheriff’s Deputy Weapon has been completed and as a result no disciplinary action will be taken. Reports said that the deputy, William Schwartz, was serving an arrest warrant at a home on Fortune Street when his gun discharged in his holster. Chief Deputy Tom Caldwell said that while the investigation over the incident has finished, they are still left wondering what exactly caused the gun to discharge. According to Caldwell no one was injured in the discharge and the bullet from the .40 caliber Glock 22 was found lodged in Schwartz’s wallet which was in the pack of his pant pocket.
  • Cartersville Now Offers Free Wi-fi Downtown - Those shopping, dining or enjoying special events in downtown Cartersville will notice a new amenity to enjoy – free Wi-Fi. The fast broadband is available from Public Square to Wall Street, and Main Street to Church Street, though other areas of downtown may also be able to join the network. The free network is named ‘Free City Wifi.’
  • Wings over Northwest Geogia Looking for Huge Crowd - Whether big or small, civilian or military, with or without military jet teams, pent up demand generated by the cancellations of the 2013 air show season seems to be fueling higher-than-normal enthusiasm among the dozens of shows that have already been held this year noting a 35% plus attendance surge. Just as encouraging: many shows later in the season are reporting unusually strong advanced ticket sales including the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show & Smoke-N-Thunder BBQ Classic weekend scheduled for October 18-19 at Rome`s Russell Regional Airport.
  • Man Arrested for Kangaroo Jakes Burglary - A Cartersville man, Christopher Choi-Boock, 30, has been charged in the burglary of Kangaroo Jake’s in Armuchee. Police said that in mid-June Choi-Boock stole $240 in cash from the play room’s registers along with a $3,000 multi-media projector. He was found and arrested over the weekend.
  • Cartersville Teen Arrested for Rape - Howard Osborne, 18 of Cartersville, has been jailed and charged with an alleged rape that occurred July 17. According to reports, the mother of the 21 year-old victim had left her home and when she returned home another male was at the front door knocking. He told the mother that his friend, Osborne, was inside the home and was not coming to the door. The mother and the male busted out a window to gain entry into the home. When the mother walked upstairs she found her daughter, with Osborne, naked in a bedroom.
  • GNTCs Beam Completes Master Teacher Experience - Graceful Beam, instructor of Business Management, was the Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) representative for the first annual Georgia Master Teacher Experience; an intensive week of focus on instructional innovations, motivational techniques, situational problem-solving, contextual learning, and information exchange.
  • Women Want Stattements Suppressed in Court - The two former Floyd County courthouse employees, Connie Nadine May and Carol Corbin, have asked that statements that they gave to police be withheld from a potential jury. The two women were arrested a charged with doctoring court documents earlier this year. The women said in their motion that statements they gave police were done as a condition of their employment and cannot be used at trial.
  • 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.
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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.
  • 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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  • First Lady Deal to visit Summer Food Service Sites - Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal is helping draw attention to a program offering free meals to eligible children age 18 and under (and some eligible adults) by visiting sites participating in the annual Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The SFSP is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered in Georgia by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). The SFSP provides free meals in low-income areas during the summer months when students are out of school. Over 60% of Georgia’s school-aged children are eligible for free or reduced lunch. Through the SFSP, these children receive free meals during the summer when they may not have daily access to well-balanced meals.
  • GPA Tops 3 Million Teus, Sets Tonnage Record - The Georgia Ports Authority moved more than 29 million tons of cargo, 3 million twenty-foot equivalent container units and more than 700,000 auto and machinery units in Fiscal Year 2014. `The board and staff of the Georgia Ports Authority are to be commended for their outstanding achievements this year,` said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. `Our ports’ success is a win for us all, and a direct result of Georgia’s commitment to the GPA and support for critical port infrastructure projects such as the harbor deepening and enhanced access to I-95 and I-16. Georgia’s deepwater terminals support jobs, investment and economic development in every county across the state.`
  • Fmr Secretary For Douglas Co, DA`s Office Indicted - Late last week a Douglas County Grand Jury charged Tammie Agan with 34 counts of False Statements and Writings and 24 counts of Theft by Taking. Ms. Agan is accused of obtaining over $7,000 through the fraudulent billing of the Douglas County District Attorney`s Office. Ms. Agan was employed as a secretary in the Douglas County District Attorney`s Office. While employed by the District Attorney`s Office, she earned extra income by typing transcripts from law enforcement interviews and jail phone calls, for which she was paid an hourly rate. She was issued a desktop computer to have at her house for this purpose.
  • Ga School Buses Ready for the Start of Year - As school systems across Georgia begin preparing for the new school year, officials with the Georgia Department of Public Safety’s Motor Carrier Compliance Division say they have completed their annual school bus inspections and the buses are ready to resume their normal operations. `Officers have inspected almost 20,000 school buses across the state during the past 12 months,` said Major Gene Davis, Commander of the Motor Carrier Compliance Division.
  • Police Searching for Peachtree Robbery Suspects - Peachtree City authorities are searching for lead which could lead to the arrest of a gunman who pistol-whipped two restaurant owners at their home over the weekend. Reports said that the victims had just left their business, the China Garden restaurant in Union City, and one was carrying a bag similar to a bank deposit bag.
  • 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.
  • Man Stabs Two, Kicks Police Officer, Arrested - DeKalb Sheriff Jimmy Harris reports the arrest of a man on warrants from Cherokee County related to a home invasion where two victims were stabbed. Officers were looking for Jeremy Don Williams, 34 of Fort Payne near Henagar when he was spotted in a vehicle by a Drug Task Force agent. Williams fled the scene and patrol officers pursued him a short distance on County Road 116 until he slid into a ditch at the intersection of 116 and County Road 85. Williams was taken into custody after a brief scuffle and one officer was kicked.
  • Coweta Co. Plane Crash Seriously Injures Two - Reports said that two men were seriously injured after their small plane crashed in Coweta County Saturday. Reports said that the pilot of the Ryan ST3KR aircraft tried to land the plane but ended up crashing for unknown reasons on Sewell Mill Road in Newnan about 4 pm.
  • 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.
  • Arrest Made in String of Burglaries in NE Georgia - Six suspects have been arrested by Forsyth County authorities in a string of recent thefts and burglaries across Forsyth and Dawson County. The arrest came after deputies spotted a suspicious vehicle that had been linked to the beak-ins near Highway 369. A search of the vehicle revealed suspected marijuana and several reported stolen items.
  • Georgians to get Insurance Rebates - According to reports from Georgia Health News, Georgia employers and individuals will receive $11 million in rebates this summer due to a federal rule on health insurers` spending. Reports said that close to 300,000 Georgians will benefit from the refunds as result of the `Medical Loss Ratio` rule on 2013 insurance plans. The average refund is $53 per family, GHN says.
  • Public Meetings on Georgia Deer Management Plan - Georgia’s white-tailed deer population is a great natural resource that provides aesthetic, consumptive, and economic value. Each year, approximately 300,000 deer hunters harvest nearly 400,000 deer over the course of the deer season. The annual economic impact of deer hunting in Georgia exceeds $890 million and supports more than 11,000 jobs. In addition to hunting, a number of key issues and opportunities are linked directly to this resource. These include, among others, wildlife viewing, ecological functions, agricultural damage, and deer-car collisions. Properly managing this resource is vitally important and can be a challenging and, at times, controversial topic.
  • Ga to Start Adult `Back to School` Program - Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby and Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson will hold a press conference Tuesday, July 29 to announce the statewide `Go Back. Move Ahead.` campaign, a plan to make it easier for state residents who have not completed their degrees to return to college.
  • Ga Taking Applications for Gator Hunting - If you have ever wanted to hunt gators, now is your chance if you are a Georgia resident. The state is taking applications until July 31 for permits this year to hunt alligators. The state`s alligator season runs Sept. 6 through Oct. 5. More than 11,000 people applied last year, with the state only offering 850 slots.
  • Okefenokee and Cumberland Island Celebrating 50Yrs - Cumberland Island National Seashore and Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge announced plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Wilderness Preservation Act by sponsoring two weekend Wilderness events in partnership with Okefenokee Adventures and Up the Creek Xpeditions. Over the course of two September weekends, September 13-14 and 20-21, the public can join NPS, FWS and expert guides from each outfitter company and explore the Congressionally designated Wilderness of each area. Group size will be limited for each outing and registration will be required.
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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.
  • UGA Player Arrested for DUI - Redshirt freshmen on the University of Georgia football team, Davin Bellamy, was arrested by Athens-Clarke County Police Saturday for driving under influence and speeding.
  • R-Braves place Giardina on DL - The Rome Braves announce catcher Sal Giardina has been placed on the disabled list with a concussion. Transferring to Rome from Lynchburg is catcher Anthony Nunez.
  • 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.