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Following a request from the state of Alaska, President Obama will change the name of North America`s highest mountain, formerly McKinley to Denali. The National Park which contains the mountain was renamed Denali National Park thirty-five years ago in 1980. The peak is 20,320 feet above sea level.

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said, `I`d like to thank the president for working with us to achieve this significant change to show honor, respect and gratitude to the Athabascan people of Alaska.`

Ohio Representative Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio called the action, `political stunt...insulting to all Ohioans.` He added, `I will be working with the House Committee on Natural Resources to determine what can be done to prevent this action.`

Besides this largely symbolic action, Obama will be trying to promote his climate change agenda by visiting glaciers while attempting to minimize the impact of his decision to allow Shell to drill for oil in the Artic Ocean.

It is not clear why Obama has approved this drilling in light of his climate change agenda and the fact that oil prices have fallen by two-thirds in the last year.



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  • Police Searching for Missing Floyd Co Teen - Floyd County Police has asked for help in finding a missing 16-year-old girl. Authorities said that Dana Marie Addison of Rome left her home just after 1 a.m. Saturday and has been reported as a runaway. She was reportedly last wearing a Model High School blue hoodie jacket, a green and navy shirt, black shorts, and no shoes. She is described as 5-feet-3-inches tall, 130 pounds with blonde wavy hair.
  • Lowest Labor Day Gas Prices in a Decade - Motorists in the southeastern United States should find the lowest Labor Day gas prices in a decade. The current state average prices of $2.31 in Florida and Georgia, and $2.17 in Tennessee are $1.06, $1.02, and $1.04 cheaper than the price during last year`s holiday respectively. `Low gas prices are added incentive for Americans to take a road trip this Labor Day weekend,` said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. `Low gasoline prices are an added boost in disposable income, giving travelers more money to spend on lodging, shopping, and dining out.`
  • Rome Man Injured After Jumping Off Bridge - Authorities said that a Rome man, Scott Hayes, 38, was taken to a local hospital this weekend after he jumped off the bridge on Turner McCall Boulevard and into the Oostanaula River. Officials said that Hayes was bleeding from his mouth and suffered injuries to his arm.
  • Job Recruitment for new hotel in Cartersville - The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help Sleep Inn & Main Stay Suites hire a 25-member staff for a new hotel set to open next month in Bartow County. The recruitment will be held Thursday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Cartersville Career Center located at 19 Felton Place in Cartersville.
  • 35.5 Million Americans to Travel for Labor Day - AAA Travel projects 35.5 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1 percent increase from the 35 million over 2014. This will mark the fourth consecutive year of overall travel growth for the Labor Day holiday period, and the seventh out of the past nine years to see year-over-year increase in volume.
  • DOT set to Repair and Deep Patch Three Highways - Georgia DOT advises motorists in Carroll, CATOOSA AND Chattooga counties that maintenance crews are set to resume today their work on repairing and deep patching the deteriorating asphalt spots on State Route (SR) 100 in Carroll County, SR 151 in Catoosa County and SR 1/US 27 in Chattooga County. Work will proceed daily Monday, August 31 through Friday, September 4, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and will force pacing traffic on these highways.
  • Calhoun Couple Pleads Not Guilty to Theft Charges - An elderly Calhoun couple Glenn Lawson Carden Sr., 80 and his 78-year-old wife Annie Mae Carden, has pleaded not guilty on 67 counts of theft by taking. Authorities said that the case will not appear on the November calendar and has been continued until early next year. They were indicted on July 20 according to documents filed in the Clerk of Superior Court Office.
  • Romans Sentenced in Anti-Gov. Plot - Rome men, Brian Cannon, Terry Peace and Cory Williamson, have been sentenced for conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction in attacks against federal government agencies. The defendants planned to attack critical infrastructure while motivating militia groups in other states to rise up and join them in removing government officials who they believed had exceeded their Constitutional power. According to U.S. Attorney Horn, In January and February 2014, Cannon, Peace and Williamson participated in Internet chat rooms frequented by militia members and others with a shared anti-government ideology. During the chat room conversations, Cannon, Peace and Williamson discussed starting a revolution against the federal government by conducting an attack aimed at the infrastructure supporting the Transportation Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Administration.
  • Sutton Retuns Home - The body of former Floyd County Police Officer and Sheriff`s Deputy Barry Sutton returned to Rome on Friday night almost a week after he was killed in Afghanistan. Over three miles of officer`s vehicles escorted the body from Atlanta`s Hartsfield International Airport to Henderson and Son`s Funeral Home on Highway 27 in Armuchee. Not only were citizens lined up along the roads in Rome, but thousands lined the interstate all the way home. Watch the video below from an officers vehicle as well as the full convoy from Kindred Hospital.
  • Cedartown Awarded $500K Grant for Sewer Lines - A $500,000 community development block grant has been awarded to the city of Cedartown. The funds will be used to pay for the replacement of about 6,000 linear feet of sewer lines, replacement or rehabilitation of manholes and reduction of storm water inflow/infiltration into the sewer system in an area with some of the oldest, most fragile infrastructure in the city primarily in a residential area south of Goodyear Park near Cedar Creek.
  • Floyd Co Property Taxes Mailed - The 2015 property tax bills will be mailed this week for all Floyd County, City of Rome, and Cave Spring taxpayers, according to Floyd County Tax Commissioner Kevin Payne. The deadline to pay property taxes will be November 16th. The normal due date of November 15th falls on a Sunday; so payments can be made through the end of the day on the 16th without any added late fees.
  • GHC unveils an eventful September leading to Inaug - In honor of the Inauguration Installation Ceremony for Georgia Highlands College’s fourth president Donald J. Green, Ed.D., on September 18 at 10AM on the Rome campus, GHC is planning a series of events leading up to the ceremony. President Green will be holding open forums with students at each campus during the month of September (Douglasville on Sept. 1, Paulding on Sept. 8, Floyd on Sept. 21, Cartersville on Sept. 22, and Marietta on Sept. 24). Students are invited to meet with President Green and share in an open dialogue about GHC.
  • Oak Hill to Feature Bird Art Lecture Series - Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum will present a lecture series featuring Renee Carleton, associate professor of biology at Berry College. The first lecture is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Carleton will provide a biological perspective on the birds depicted in Athos Menaboni’s paintings. Rachel McLucas, curator for Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum, will follow the lecture with a guided tour through the exhibition, “Menaboni’s Birds: Georgia’s Own Artists as Naturalist.”
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  • Deal Names Top DJJ Advisors to State Steering Comm - Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Criminal Justice Reform Council announced the formation of the State Steering Committee for the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). The committee, which will consist of juvenile court judges and individuals from relevant state organizations, will work on expanding this reform effort to counties throughout Georgia.
  • Cedartown Rep. Appointed to Study Floyd Tax Issue - State Representative Trey Kelley (R-Cedartown) has been appointed to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee. Kelly will look at sales tax refunds and interest rates which is tasked to study the overpayment of sales tax in Floyd County.
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Best Time to Buy: Stephanie Graves

It`s almost a new season, and most stores are itching to get rid of items so they can stock their shelves with new stuff.

These are a few perfect items to buy during the fall months when you`re looking to save the most money:

Electronics: October is the first month that you`ll start seeing holiday deals, so start shopping before everything is picked over!

Outdoor items: Stores are making room for winter accessories, which means great deals for outdoor items. Think of anything from lawnmowers to swimwear. Don`t forget patio furniture and a new grill for the back porch!

Cars: The 2016 models are starting to come out, so car dealers are ready to make room in their parking lots. Look for great deals on cars and the auto loan rates at Northwest Georgia Credit Union are still the lowest around-this is a great time to buy!

Toys: Remember that the best new toys come out this time of year, which means stores need to make room on their shelves. Check out the amazing sale prices on toys that stores are trying to get rid of.

Plants and trees: Look for great deals at the nursery this time of year and get planting so the roots can take hold before the first frost (or save them until spring).

  • Vanguard National Trailer Corp. to create 400 jobs - Gov. Nathan Deal announced this week that Vanguard National Trailer Corp., a leading semi-trailer manufacturer based in Monon, Ind., will invest $30 million in a new manufacturing facility in Dade County. Once operating at full capacity, the new location will create 400 jobs.
  • Georgia Mayor/ Cherk Arrested for Felony Theft - The Oconee Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office requested the GBI investigate allegations of stolen government funds from the City of Alamo. Late last week the GBI arrested Alamo Mayor Debbie Fountain and Alamo City Clerk Gail Brown on charges relating to the investigation.
  • Frozen Green Beans Recalled in Georgia - Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain frozen Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans distributed in Georgia due to potential health risk. Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) inspectors will be checking retail stores and warehouses to make sure the recalled products have been removed from sale. Here is the information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): General Mills is recalling a limited quantity of frozen Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans. The recall is being issued as a precaution after one package of finished product tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. This recall is limited to 10-ounce bags of frozen Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans with “Better If Used By” dates of 10APR2016 or 11APR2016 printed on the package.
  • Gov. Deal Looks for More Pre-K Spending - Gov. Nathan Deal announced that he would like to spend $50 million to reverse cuts to Georgia`s pre-kindergarten program that increased class sizes and cut teacher pay. ``We all know the statistics indicate a good pre-k program is the best starting point we can have for children in schools,`` Deal said. ``Class size and teacher compensation are critical components for being able to have an effective and responsible pre-k program.``
  • Fmr Dodge Co Agent Sentenced For Insurance Fraud - Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens’ office announced that a former agent was sentenced for insurance fraud and forgery. Dodge County Superior Court sentenced Sarah Amber Winans, 42, to ten years’ probation, community service, and ordered to pay a fine of $7,975. In addition, Winans must provide restitution to the injured parties.
  • Dot to Present Analysis on Connector - The Georgia Department of Transportation will present the results of its analysis of ways to improve a 24-mile stretch of Hwy. 20 west of Cumming at two open houses next month. Meetings are scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Calvary Baptist Church, 137 Hightower Road (Hwy. 369) in Ball Ground, and Sept. 17 at Otwell Middle School, 605 Tribble Gap Road, in Cumming. Included in the information presented will be an explanation of the alternatives no longer under consideration and reviews of those recommended for additional study.
  • 4 Arrested After Breaking into Football Stadium - DeKalb County (AL) Sheriff Jimmy Harris reported that late last week four individuals broke into the concession stand at the football stadium and in the old gym store at Valley Head High School. Approximately $250.00 in damage and items were taken. School Resource Officers Jim Chambers, Tim Rector and Investigators found Waylon Burton, 19 of Valley Head, Patrick Sinns, 18 of Valley Head and a 17 year old juvenile in possession of items that were taken from the concession stand and old gym store.
  • DeKalb Deputies Must Carry Guns Off Duty - DeKalb County (AL) Sheriff Jimmy Harris reported that last month he announced that he was changing the policy at the DeKalb County Sheriff`s Office to where all certified deputies were to carry a concealed weapon on them at all times while off duty. His decision to do so was based on events occurring all over the world, especially these tragic events in the U.S. over the past several years.
  • GEMA/HS Encourage Georgians to Get Ready - More than three out of four Georgians are at least somewhat prepared for an emergency, but many have not taken all of the essential steps to get ready, according to a new statewide survey by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA/HS) Ready Georgia campaign. To promote the importance of preparing before disasters strike, Gov. Nathan Deal has proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month in Georgia and encourages residents to take action and get fully prepared. According to the annual survey, 80 percent of Georgians report being at least somewhat prepared for a large-scale disaster or emergency, a 27 percent increase since the Ready Georgia campaign launched in 2008.
  • DUI Crackdown Being Launched At State Lines - As Labor Day partygoers hit the road all over the southeast leading up to the holiday weekend, Georgia and its neighboring states will be sending the message that no matter where you’re from and no matter where you’re traveling, impaired driving will not be tolerated. During the 24th annual Hands Across the Border campaign, Georgia law enforcement will be meeting their counterparts in communities near the Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida state lines to conduct road checks. In the past, this campaign has had a history of not only catching drunk drivers, but drug offenders, fugitives, drivers with outstanding warrants, unlicensed and uninsured drivers and those transporting improperly restrained child passengers.
  • Ga AG Commissioner Leads Agribusiness Mission - Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black led a delegation of diverse agricultural interest to Panama August 23-26 with a goal of exploring the importance of the Panama Canal expansion and connectivity to our Georgia ports and intermodal connectivity to Atlanta and particularly the Atlanta State Farmers Market. The trade development mission was also aimed at identifying future opportunities for the Atlanta Market in serving as the terminal produce market for the southeast and exporting fresh Georgia Grown products throughout the globe.
  • KSU ranked in Tops of Nation for Collegiate Dining - Kennesaw State University was ranked fourth among the `75 Best Colleges for Food in America` by The Daily Meal, a New York-based culinary publication. This is the fourth year Kennesaw State`s Culinary and Hospitality Services has earned a top-five spot in the rankings.
  • `Super` Lice Teach a Valuable Lesson in Georgia - As if starting the new school year wasn’t stressful enough, a recent study found that Georgia is now home to insecticide-resistant head lice. With headlines that use terms like `mutant`or `super` lice, parents might think that these lice have come from outer space or a secret government laboratory. Not so, says University of Georgia entomologist Nancy Hinkle. Insecticide resistance has been a problem for years. This study, released at an American Chemical Society meeting earlier this month, identified the lice in 37 states. Hinkle believes they may be more widespread than that.
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  • Hawks end preseason, turn attention on Faith - - For the past three weeks, they have been preparing to begin a new season. This week, the 2015 campaign arrives for the Shorter Hawks, who have officially closed out their preseason workouts and can now turn their full attention to their opener next Saturday when the Hawks host the University of Faith Glory Eagles at Barron Stadium. `We`ve gotten better,` head coach Phil Jones told the team after a two-hour workout Friday at Ben Brady Field. `We`re starting to look good but we know we just have to get better. `We want to win! he added with a raised voice, a sentiment loudly echoed by the players that surrounded him at midfield.`
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    • 1. Archer (2-0) 2. McEachern (1-0) 3. Colquitt County (2-0) 4. Grayson (1-0) 5. Roswell (2-0) 6. Lee County (2-0) 7. Etowah (2-0) 8. Mill Creek (2-0) 9. Dacula (1-0) 10. Camden County (2-0)
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    • 1. Northside, Warner Robins (1-0) 2. Houston County (1-0) 3. Stockbridge (2-0) 4. Jones County (1-0) 5. Mays (2-0) 6. Ware County (2-0) 7. Coffee (2-0) 8. Glynn Academy (2-0) 9. Creekside (2-0) 10.Carver, Columbus (2-0)
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    • 1. Buford (2-0) 2. Cartersville (1-0) 3. Woodward Academy (1-0) 4. Griffin (1-0) 5. West Laurens (2-0) 6. Marist (0-1) 7. St. Pius (0-1) 8. Mary Persons (1-0) 9. Thomson (2-0) 10.Bainbridge (1-0)
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    • 1. Calhoun (1-0) 2. Blessed Trinity (1-0) 3. Westminster (1-0) 4. Elbert County (1-0) 5. Jefferson (2-0) 6. Cedar Grove (1-1) 7. Hart County (1-0) 8. Pierce County (1-0) 9. Peach County (0-1) 10. Washington County (0-1)
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    • 1. Benedictine (1-0) 2. Fitzgerald (2-0) 3. Greater Atlanta Christian (1-1) 4. Macon County (1-0) 5. Pace Academy (2-0) 6. Lamar County (1-1) 7. Vidalia (1-1) 8. Lovett (0-2) 9. Rabun County (1-1) 10.Darlington (2-0)
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    • 1. Eagle`s Landing Christian (1-1) 2. Marion County (1-0) 3. Prince Avenue Christian (1-0) 4. Mount Paran Christian (2-0) 5. Landmark Christian (2-0) 6. Irwin County (1-0-1) 7. Charlton County (2-0) 8. Calvary Day (1-0) 9. Aquinas (1-1) 10. Commerce (1-0)
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    • Chieftains Debuts Fall Plant Sale Starting September 1 - Revive and replace your damaged trees, shrubs, and other botanicals in the fall planting season with the beautiful choices at the Chieftains Museum inaugural Fall Plant Sale! The sale begins on September 1st with orders being taken until October 2nd, 2015. While not a replacement for the annual Herb & Plant Sale held each April at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds, the Fall Plant Sale will give gardeners the chance to get a jump start on their landscaping by purchasing plants that are traditionally sown in autumn. Gardeners can choose flowering perennials from regional growers such as fall mums, black eyed susan, purple coneflower and rosemary. In addition, shrubs including azaleas, holly, acuba, tea olive, hydrangea and gardenia can be purchased as well as trees like Japanese maple, coral bark maple, dawn redwood, and hemlock. Special orders of specific varieties can also be filled with advanced notice.

      Registration open for Willard Nixon Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tournament - Registration is now open for the Willard Nixon Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tournament on Thursday, October 29 at Stonebridge Golf Course, which benefits the John Pinson, Jr. Student Athlete Award Scholarship Program. `This is a wonderful event we look forward to each year,` said Betsy Hampson, recreation manager for Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation. `The funds that are raised go to college-bound student athletes in Rome and Floyd County, and we’re happy to honor their dedication.`