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While inequality and the `1%` have not motivated most Americans, Democratic activists find them very troubling. It turns out that Hillary Clinton was able to join the 1% in just one day with two speeches to the Silicon Valley elite.

The $625 thousand that she earned that day is just a drop in the bucket. In a little over a year, she delivered 51 of speeches for just under $12 million. Bill added another $13 million in that same span for a joint total of $25 million.

That number does not include payments that were made to the Clinton Foundation. The Clinton Foundation said Thursday that it had received between $12 million and $26.4 million for speeches that it had not previously disclosed.

Under a 2008 ethics agreement with the Obama administration, the Foundation was supposed to make public `donations.` According to the Washington Post, the Foundation considered those payments `revenue` instead of donations. That exempted them from inclusion in its public list of contributions.

With very little in the way of competition for the Democratic nomination, these relevations mainly impact Clinton`s strength in the November 2016 election. There are some early signs that Democratic enthusiasm is waning. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Priorities USA Action, a super PAC, backing Clinton is having trouble raising money. The organization has reportedly on received $5 million in committments and is undergoing a `staff shakeup.`

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Darci Carver is a single mom of four children and has decided to not let life get her down. Listen as Carver talks about what led her back to the gym and her goals to participate in body building challenges around the state. It is because of her hard work and never say quit attitude we honor Darci as this week`s Coosa Valley News Person of the Week.

  • Gordon Co Searching for Man to Question - Gordon County authorities are searching for a white man they would like to question in connection with a major commercial theft in unincorporated Gordon County. Reports said that the thefts occurred earlier this month. Chief Deputy Robert Paris said that` no other information would be released at this time
  • Man Assaults Woman, Attempts to Hang Himself - A Floyd County Sheriff`s Deputy arrested 26 year-old Kevin James Shaw, of Rome, on Friday after he allegedly sexually assaulted a female then attempted to hang himself. Reports said that Shaw grabbed the woman`s breast and arms which caused her to suffer bruising. The victim stated that she was holding a child at the time of the assault.
  • Woman Arrested for Exploiting Elderly Person - Crystal Juannette Owens, 44 of Rome, has been arrested for allegedly exploiting an elderly person. According to reports, Owens was paid money to help the victim move belongings, but failed to do so.
  • Tellus Science Museum to Host Toy Exhibit - The Etch A Sketch turns 55 this July! Celebrate by visiting the latest special exhibit at Tellus Science Museum - Toys: The Inside Story. Visitors to the museum will be among the first in the country to see the new exhibition which opened at Tellus on Thursday May 21, 2015. Find out about the magic behind the mysterious silver screen and test your own dexterity on a giant Etch A Sketch®. Get hands-on experience with the inner workings of some of the other most beloved toys - including Operation®, Hungry Hungry Hippos®, and Jack-in-the-Box.
  • Arrest Now Pending in Floyd Co. School Theft Case - Floyd County police confirmed this week that arrest will indeed be made in the Floyd County School theft case. Floyd County Police Department Maj. Mark Wallace said in a prepared statement that as a result of the investigation, `numerous persons have been identified within the criminal enterprise`.
  • Rome GE Plant to be Used as a Warehouse - The former GE plant on Redmond Circle has new life. The facility will now serve as a storage and distribution center. On Thursday, the first of over 50 shipments of parts arrived as the 33,000 square foot bay. Officials said that the shipments will arrive over the next two weeks and will be coming from warehouses in Virginia, New York, South Carolina and Maine.
  • Teen Cursed at Officers, Arrested for Drugs - A Silver Creek man, Michael Andrew Cook, 18, was arrested on Thursday after he yelled at an officer directing traffic at a wreck on GA 101. Reports said that Cook allegedly cursed at the officer, and as a result he pulled him over on Edgefield Drive. It was there the officer discovered that Cook possessed a bag of marijuana and a set of scales.
  • Bid Selected for Rockmart Sewer Improvements - Sewer improvements in Rockmart will now move forward following the acceptance of a bid to perform the work. Sol Construction, LLC of Atlanta, was selected after their low bid of $2,794,603 for the sewerage systems improvement project at the Rockmart Water Pollution Control Plant. The project will include modifications to the existing Rockmart Water Pollution Control Plant to meet new permit limits for phosphorus reduction and will include rehabilitation of sewer lines feeding into the facility. The project will be funded through the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority.
  • Rome Police Looking for Missing Teens - Rome City Police have asked for the community`s assistance in locating two missing teens. Reports said that 13 year-old Sam Meadors and 14 year-old Harley Reed were last seen at Rome Middle School on May 20.
  • Adairsville Man Convicted of Child Molestation - A 36-year old Adairsville man has been convicted on two counts of child molestation. Reports said that Andrew Michael Patterson Jr. was found guilty on two counts for incidents that occurred between April 1, 2010 and October 1, 2012. According to reports, the initial incident occurred between April 1 and July 31, 2010 and the second occurred between October 1, 2011 and October 1, 2012
  • High Speed Chase Nets 2 Arrest in Rome - A high speed chase of close to 100 miles per hour over southern Floyd County ended in two arrests on Thursday. Reports said that officers were attempting to pull over a Nissan Maxima on Dean Street when the driver sped away. The chase traveled down 101, went through Lindale, exited on US 27 near the bakery, traveled down Hwy 411 and onto Chuilio Road. Arrested were Christopher Daniel Pruitt, 31 of Rome, and Robin Meghan Loveless, 25 of Silver Creek.
  • GNTC Awards Gradsin 9 NWGA Counties - May 2015 has been a tour of the highways across Northwest Georgia for the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation. The largest college in the region has spent thousands this year on 29 deserving graduates from high schools in nine different counties in its service area.
  • Final Defendant Sentenced in Daniel Murder Case - The final defendant in the 2013 shooting murder of Kevin Daniel was sentenced on Thursday. Antonio D. Jones, 23 of Rome, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, followed by 15 years of probation after his guilty plea of voluntary manslaughter, two counts of robbery and two counts of aggravated assault.
  • Gordon County Authorities Seize 700 Pot Plants - The Gordon County Sheriff`s Office received information that marijuana was being cultivated at a farm near Ranger in unincorporated eastern Gordon County. Acting on this information, deputy sheriffs and detectives initiated an investigation involving ground surveillance, as well as the acquisition of other evidence. On Wednesday, deputies and detectives executed a search warrant at 733 US Highway 411. Deputy sheriffs discovered over seven hundred (700) marijuana plants growing in multiple locations about the residence.
  • Police Investigating Possible Insurance Theft - According to Rome Police, an investigation has been launched into a theft by a former Allstate Insurance employee. Reports said that a former employee at the Allstate at the Amanda Corbin agency allegedly took close to $3,000 in insurance premiums between August 2014 and March of this year.
  • GDOL to help Aerotek Hire manufacturing workers - The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help staffing company Aerotek recruit about 45 workers for The Hon Corporation’s manufacturing plant in Cedartown. The company manufactures office furniture. The recruiting event will be held Wednesday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Rome campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College, 1 Maurice Culberson Dr., S.W.
  • Man Arrested for Exposing Himself While Driving - Jeremy Lee Missildine, 32 of Lindale, was arrested on Wednesday after reports said he was allegedly driving down the road exposing himself. A witness reported that she saw Missildine driving down Turner McCall Boulevard just after 2 am Wednesday sexually pleasing himself.
  • Group Wins Grant for Action Ministries of Rome - Providence Preparatory Academy`s Team Food4Thought in Rome has picked as one of ten third place winners in the third annual Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge. For winning, the team will get a $5,000 charitable grant that will be given to Action Ministries Rome. The team has been working the past several months to raise money for the non-profit, as well as groups such as the William S. Davies Homeless Shelter.
  • Cedartown Exchange Club Honors Students - The Cedartown Exchange Club recently awarded over $7,000 in scholarships to numerous students in Polk County. The awards ceremony was held at the Cherokee Golf and Country Club and honored 10 students from either Rockmart or Cedartown High Schools.
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  • State Rep. Dempsey Appointed to Cannabis Council - State Representative Katie Dempsey (R-Rome) has been appointed to serve as a member of the Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis. The Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis is charged with making a recommendation for the potential creation of in-state growth\distribution model of medical cannabis.
  • Sen. Perdue Introduces Consumer Accountability Bil - U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) this week introduced the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Accountability Act of 2015. The legislation will make the CFPB accountable to the American people by bringing it under the Congressional appropriations process. Given the expansive reach of the CFPB, Senator Perdue’s bill will provide critical Congressional oversight. In March, Senator Perdue offered a similar amendment that was included in the final 2015 Budget Resolution.
  • House Passes Rep. Graves Bill to Freeze Spending - The House of Representatives today passed the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act (H.R. 2250), which was authored by Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) who is chairman of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee on Appropriations. The bill provides annual funding for the offices of Members of the House of Representatives, the support agencies of Congress, security, services for visitors, and Capitol operations and maintenance.
  • Rep. Loudermilk Visited the Middle East and Europe - As part of a Congressional delegation with the Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Barry Loudermilk traveled to the Middle East and Europe to examine the evolving security threats to the U.S. homeland. Specifically, the delegation assessed U.S. government and foreign partner efforts to shut down the flow of foreign fighters, many of whom return to their home countries in the West armed with combat training, extremist connections, and the desire to launch terror attacks.
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  • 13 Arrested in Smyrna Prostitution Sting - A prostitution sting has resulted in 13 arrests by Smyrna police. Reports said that police worked with the FBI to arrest the ten women and three men at an unnamed location this week. Smyrna Police spokesman Chris Graeff said that the method police used to conduct the operation and the location are being kept secret so officers can continue their operation.
  • Brookhaven Rape Supect Captured in Alabama - Brookhaven police announced that Roberto Gaona-Pina, 39, has been arrested in Alabama. Gaona-Pina is the suspect in a number of alleged rapes. Reports said that he was captured in Lee County, Alabama on Thursday. While Gaona-Pina has only been announced as the suspect of a a rape that occurred on Buford Highway in Brookhaven, he is also being looked at for other rapes in other Georgia counties.
  • Georgia’s unemployment rate unchanged at 6.3% - The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced Thursday that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 6.3 percent, which is unchanged from March. The rate was 7.3 percent a year ago. `While our unemployment rate for April held steady for the third straight month, our employers continue to create new jobs and lay off fewer workers,` said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. `The stable rate continues the 54-month trend in which we’ve seen our rate either remain unchanged or go down.`
  • Georgia Legal Community Raises 1.18M+ Lbs of Food - Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has announced that the Georgia legal community raised the equivalent of 1,181,412 pounds of food ($289,242.50 and 24,442 pounds of food, with each dollar representing four pounds of food) during the 2015 Georgia Legal Food Frenzy. This is the fourth annual food drive in which lawyers and staff compete outside the courtroom for two weeks to raise food and funds for Georgia`s eight regional food banks. The competition took place April 20 - May 1, 2015. Since its inception in 2012, the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy has collectively raised the equivalent of 3,777,852 pounds of food.
  • Ga Power Acquires 102 Megawatts of Solar Energy - Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power is demonstrating its commitment to developing more renewable energy resources through the acquisition of the 103-megawatt Butler solar facility from Community Energy, Inc., in Georgia. Southern Power has strategically acquired or is constructing more than 1,100 MW of renewable energy generating capacity with 16 solar, wind and biomass projects, including four solar projects in Georgia.
  • Five Killed IN I-16 Wreck Involving Tractor Traile - Five people were killed after a tractor-trailer crashed into two cars, sending them into flames, on Interstate 16 near Savannah. Authorities said that the crash resulted in damage to 7 vehicles and closed the interstate down for several hours. Witnesses told authorities they saw a tractor-trailer `drifting in and out of lanes` before colliding with cars in front of it and catching fire.
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Not sure if you saw the news this week but former Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and Evander Holyfield raised over one million dollars in a charity `fight`. The 68 year-old Romney lasted two rounds with Holyfield, 52, before he ran away and tossed in the towel. While the two barley threw any punches and mainly danced around, most people are still considering it the `fight of the year`. Here`s looking at you Manny and Floyd.

A friend of mine had an interesting statistic this week. Since the Hawks are playing Lebron and the Cav`s this week Atlanta fans need to be weary of referee Joe Crawford. When Crawford ref`s a playoff game that Lebron plays in, his team has a record of 26-3 (including Wednesday victory). When he plays in a playoff game that is not officialed by Crawford, Lebron`s record becomes 66-53.

In a `what are they thinking` moment of the week, the Miami Dolphins gave Ryan Tannehill a $96 million contract. Tannehill`s record as a starter is 23-25. Talk about setting the market for guys like Andrew Luck, Joe Flacco, and Russell Wilson.

I`ve seen a lot of folks complaining about `bandwaggoner`s and the Hawks lately. While my `love` for the Hawks fails in comparisons to the Dawgs, I`ve been a non boisterous fan for some time. However, my feeling about bandwaggoners have changed lately. Here`s why. If you like a restaurant and they start to have bad service and their food isn`t as good as you would like are you still going to visit them frequently? I don`t think so. The Hawks have not placed a good product on the floor for many, many years and thus fans have not wanted to drop the money for a ticket. Being a family man now I can see why. With only a small amount of so called entertainment funds, you have to spend wisely. Why invest in a `bad hamburger`.

On the flip side, now that the Hawks are in the Eastern Conference Finals, have you seen what the price increase on the tickets are? Those are some good hamburgers.

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  • Calhoun/Gordon Co Announce 1st Hall of Fame Class - Fourteen athletes and coaches will be soon introducted as the inaugural class of the Calhoun-Gordon County Sports Hall of Fame. The shrine was formed in April 2014 to honor locals who brought honor to the county in the field of athletics. The Class of 2015 inductees are Sharon Adamson Bass, Billy Bearden (deceased), Monyette Chattam, Charlie Culberson, Kris Durham, Mitch Frix, Pete Garigan, Freda Hunt Glass, Chip Henderson, Hal Lamb, Bob Nance, Vaughn Robbins, Diane Smith and Ray Tucker.
  • Berry`s McGill and Jernigan Earn All-Region honors - Alex McGill and Ben Jernigan were named all-region by both the American Baseball Coaches` Association and
  • Buford Knocks out Carterville in Baseball Playoffs - Just like in football, the Buford Wolves have ended the season for the Cartersville baseball club. The Wolves defeated the Purple Hurricanes in the state semifinals of the Class 4A tournament. In the first game of the series Buford won 10-0 and in game two won 10-3.
  • Rome Braves Make Several Roster Moves -
      The Rome Braves announce the following roster moves:
    • RHP Brandon Barker has been received from Carolina Mudcats (Carolina League)
    • INF J.J. Franco has been placed on the DL with a right pectoral strain
    • IBF Erison Mendez has been received from the Gulf Coast League
    • RHP Seth Webster has been transferred to Carolina Mudcats (Carolina League)
    • RHP Felix Marte has been received from Danville (Appalachian League).
    • RHP Caleb Beech has been placed on the temporary inactive list.
  • Armuchee Senior Signs with Berry Football - An Armcuhee High student has joined 18 others to be the latest names singed to play football at Berry College. Head Football Coach Tony Kunczewski said that the list in the final set of recruits who have committed to join the Vikings for 2015. Will Jacobs | OL | 6-6 | 245 | Armuchee HS | Rome, Ga. Will Jacobs played for Head Coach Mo Abdellatif at Armuchee High School. As a lineman, he had 15 solo tackles, 12 assists, seven tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in his senior season. Jacobs was a member of National Honor Society and had the highest overall GPA in American history, biology and social studies. He also competed in the Academic Decathlon for four years where he placed third in the region. Will is the son of Martha and Joey Jacobs and will be majoring in environmental science at Berry
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    • Citizen's Firearm Safety Course - A Citizen`s Firearm Safety Course will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. The classroom portion of the course will be held in Room 210 at Gadsden State Community College’s Joe Ford Center from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. (East Cardinal Drive, Gadsden, AL 35902) Registration is required; 80 seats are available per class.

      GHC to hold annual book sale for student scholarships - Georgia Highlands College is holding its annual library book sale on the Rome campus to raise money for student scholarships. The sale is open to the public May 27-28 in the library from 9AM-5PM. Mass market books will be 25 cents a piece and all other books will be sold for a dollar an inch (stacked).

      GHC to host 10th annual free summer Foundation Camp - Applications are currently being accepted for Georgia Highlands College`s 10th annual free Foundation Camp for boys between the ages of 10 and 14. The two-week camp takes place on the GHC Rome campus and starts on June 1st and lasts until June 12th. Foundation Camp is free, but has a limited number of spaces available that are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.