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 Both Young and Old Return to Work

While most discussions of inequality focus on income, mostly that of high earners, another way to look at it is based on age.

As the chart right shows, over the last forty years, there has been a dramatic shift in poverty with poverty among the older population dropping by two-thirds while that among young people almost doubled.

During that same period, median household income for households 65 and older increased at a rate 4 times that of people younger than 35 and twice that of people under 45.

The difference is even more pronounced when recent data is included:

  • Under 25 -17.6%
  • 25 - 34 -13.2%
  • 35 - 44 -11.2%
  • 45 - 54 -15.3%
  • 55 - 64 -7.7%
Only people 55 and over have not experienced a fall in real income since 2000. In the 45-year history of this data, there has never been such a sustained period of contraction Only the 65 and older households have sustained growth in their income, largely the result of Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustments and, for some, private and government pensions.

With all of the discussion of inequality, this seismic shift has been given virtually no attention among policians. The graft below shows why. Seniors vote at well over twice the rate of younger voters.



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  • Williamson Replies to Suit - Floyd County Board of Education member, and candidate for re-election, Terry Williamson has responded to a suit filed by Andy and Tracy Kight.
  • 7 Year-old Molested at Children`s Shelter - According to authorities a 7 year-old boy who was staying at the For Children`s Flowing Branch Children`s Shelter in Cartersville was allegedly molested. They added that two male suspect, ages 12 and 13 years-old, were arrested.
  • Rome Sex Offender Arrested in Denver - Denver, Colorado police has arrested James Lee Pierce, 51 of Rome, during an undercover sex sting operation. Police said that Pierce traveled across the county to meet a underage female for sex. Police said that Perce made contact with who he believed to be a 15-year-old girl through the Internet on a social networking site late last year. The 15-year-old was actually an investigator with the DA’s Child Sex Offender Internet Investigations.
  • Man Charged with Kidnapping, Assault - A 54-year-old Rome man, Bufford Michael Outlaw, has been arrested and charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, aggravated assault, and battery. Police said that Outlaw allegedly abducted a woman with the help of others who are unidentified at this time.
  • NWGA Chosen for Foster Care Pilot Project - Georgia Department of Human Services Commissioner Keith Horton announced the location of two pilot projects for public-private partnerships in the foster care system. Counties in northwest Georgia, central and northeast Georgia will pilot the public-private partnership model for the Division of Family and Children Services. DFCS Region 3 covers eight counties in Northwest Georgia, including Floyd, Bartow, Cherokee, Polk, Paulding, Douglas, Haralson and parts of Chattooga.
  • Clean Rivers for Rome Event This Weekend - Redmond is again partnering with the City of Rome and the Coosa River Basin Initiative to drive the `Clean Rivers for Rome` and the DEA to provide a drop-off location for the proper disposal of unused, expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications. The program would provide residents of Floyd County a safe option for disposal of these items, keeping them out of waterways.
  • Voestalpine Opens Bartow Factory, Expansion Soon - Officials of voestalpine AG announced Tuesday that the planned expansion of their new automotive component factory just north of Cartersville is already at capacity when it comes to filling orders. Voestalpine Automotive Body Parts Inc. is manufacturing ultra-high strength body-in-white components for premium car manufacturers. This investment will create 220 new jobs, but could grow to 350 by the year 2020.
  • Grand Jury Says Officer Used `Non Authorized`Force - A Bartow County grand jury has ruled that Cpl. Nancy Beth Gatny, with the Euharlee Police Department, use of deadly force against a teenager was not authorized. Bartow`s district attorney said that her office will now re-examine the case.
  • Rome Man Faces Numerous Family Violence Charges - Sherman Daniel Blalock, 38 of Rome, was arrested this week after police said he allegedly beat and abused two young children along with threatening to kill his wife. Reports said that Blalock grabbed his 8-year-old son by the neck and pulled him off a trampoline. He then slapped his 11-year-old daughter in the face during the altercation. Reports went on to say that Blalock broke numerous items in the home before he threatened to kill his wife if she called police.
  • Floyd Medical Center Awarded LIVESTRONG Grant - Floyd Medical Center has been named as only one of 13 organizations nationwide to be named as a beneficiary of the LIVESTRONG Foundation`s Community Impact Project. As award recipients, Floyd will receive a $10,700 grant, which will provide for the implementation of a VitalHearts: Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training program. The program is designed to help cancer treatment providers find better ways to process the trauma they often encounter. Award recipients were chosen through an 18 day online voting process that accumulated more than 100,000 votes.
  • Paradise Gardens to Host Finster Fest - The Paradise Garden Foundation will one of the Southeast`s most popular folk art and music festivals, and it is located in Summerville, Georgia. Finster Fest 2014 is on May 31st and June 1st and will feature art and live music in Dowdy Park. On that Saturday and Sunday, Finster Fest will host over 50-juried artists, not to mention visitors from around the world.
  • Murder Convictions Upheld for Floyd County Duo - The murder convictions and life sentences of Eric Castro and Heather Brittany Parker of the 2012 murder of Parker`s two year-old dauther, Kailee Parker was unanimously upheld by the Georgia Supreme Court Monday. Kailee died from mulpitle injures to her head. Evidence reveled during the trial said that the child had been squeezed with a `significant amount of force`.
  • Rome Terror Suspect Says Search Flawed - A search warrant has been challenged by one of the men, Terry Eugene Peace, 45, accused of planning domestic terror attacks. Peace argues the legality of the warrant used at his home. He claims that it failed to list his address, and only named a street three miles away. He also said that he would like possible statements he made to officers kept from jurors, arguing it was improperly given because he was not read a Miranda Warning.
  • National tourism week in Rome Activities Announced - The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced several events designed to encourage locals to be visitors in their own town as a part of the National Travel & Tourism Week celebration, May 3-11, 2014. `Tourism is one of the most important sectors in Rome and Floyd County, with the proven ability to be a true engine for economic development,` said Lisa Smith, GRCVB executive director. `We believe it to be very important for our fellow Romans to embrace and understand the impact of travel and tourism to our quality of life in Georgia’s Rome.`
  • Special Meeting Called over Bar`s Music - The Rome Alcohol Control Commission announced that it will hold a special hearing in two weeks over the issue of loud music from El Patron Sports Bar on Redmond Circle. The bar had received a suspension and numerous complaints over its music back in February. During an ACC meeting this week nearby residents said that the bar had not fixed the issues.
  • Gordon Co/Calhoun to Host Drug Drop Off - The Gordon County Sheriff`s Office and Calhoun Police Departments will host a medication drop-off on May. The event, which asks the community to bring unused or expired prescriptions for disposal, lasts from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at numerous locations including; the corner of River and Line Streets in Calhoun, Fairmount Drug, the Sheriff`s Office, Home Depot, Sonoraville Recreation Complex and Swain Elementary. Interested participants are invited to the drugs and organizers said that no one will be asked for their names.
  • Vendors, Students Take Part In Health & Community - Vendors from across Northwest Georgia and the Tennessee Valley spoke with hundreds of students from Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Thursday in the schools annual Health and Community Awareness Fair. GNTC served as the host for the Northwest Georgia event. Among those taking part were Costco, Center4SAVA, Blood Assurance, Chattanooga Allergy Clinic, Avon, Primary Healthcare Center, Bethel University, Youth WIA (Workforce Investment Act) Services, GNTCs Medical Assisting Program, GNTC Bobcat Athletics, Walker County Fire Department (Safety Kids), Belhaven University, GNTCs Phi Beta Lambda chapter, and GNTCs Student Leadership Council.
  • Ga`s Elementary/Middle Grades Inprove, High Drops - The Georgia Department of Education this week released the second College and Career Ready Performance Index, based on data from the 2012 and 2013 school years. Georgia’s elementary schools saw a one-year increase in scores from 74.9 to 78.5 (+3.6), middle schools saw a one-year increase in scores from 73.9 to 75.0 (+1.1) and high schools saw a one-year decrease in scores from 73.0 to 72.0 (-1.0). The CCRPI is Georgia’s statewide accountability system, implemented in 2012 to replace the No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress measurement, after the U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia’s waiver from NCLB on Feb. 9, 2012. Statewide, Georgia`s elementary schools received an average score of 74.9 and 78.5 for the 2012 and 2013 school years. Middle schools scored 73.9 and 75, with high schools scoring 73 and 72.
  • GNTC Named to Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholars - Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is one of 25 two-year colleges recently invited to participate in the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program. Through this program, Grainger offers qualified community college and technical college students financial scholarships in industrial and public safety programs.
  • GDOL to host job training recruitment in LaFayette - The Georgia Department of Labor’s (GDOL) will host a special recruitment for job seekers who qualify for OJT, a federal on-the-job training program to help get unemployed workers back into the labor force. The recruitment will be held Tuesday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the LaFayette Career Center, 200 West Villanow St. The OJT program was established by the U.S. Department of Labor through the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The Workforce Investment Board of Northwest Georgia administers the OJT program in the northwest Georgia region.
  • Bus Driver Cleared from Accident that Killed Child - The driver of a school bus that ran over and killed a kindergartener has been cleared of any wrongdoing according to Walker County officials. Zachery Byrant, a student at Chattanooga Valley Elementary School, was struck and killed on April 14. Reports said that the child stayed near the bus entrance instead of walking to the sidewalk. Investigators said that the child had apparently forgotten his gaming device and wanted back on the bus. The bus driver, 50-year-old Joel Hitchcox of Chickamauga, allowed the child back onto the bus. When the child went to exit the bus he immediately turned left and walked close to the right front tire, bent down in front of the school bus, which made it impossible for the driver to see the child before he started to drive off.
  • 3 Arrested on Meth Charges During Traffic Stop - Gordon County deputy sheriffs stopped a suspicious automobile on State Route 53 near Reeves Station Road on Sunday. A subsequent search of this car’s interior revealed a large quantity of methamphetamine intended for resale, drug paraphenalia, and a loaded handgun. The deputies arrested the driver of the vehicle, Gabreal Shane Brock, 31 of Calhoun, and charged him with Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute, Felon with a Firearm and other firearms violations, as well as traffic violations.
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  • Political Forum Open to the Public - WRGA News and Georgia Highlands College will host at political forum for candidates for the Floyd County Board of Education and the Floyd County Commission which is open to the public. The event will be held Thursday, April 24 from 6pm – 10pm.
  • Public Political Rally this Saturday in Rome - The Rome TEA Party will host a GET OUT THE VOTE RALLY on Saturday, April 26th from 11:00 until 3:00 at the Anthony Recreation Center 2901 Garden Lakes Boulevard. The Rally will feature entertainment, games, food,music and candidate and special guest speakers. All candidates are invited including Floyd County commission and education board candidates, Floyd legislative candidates, candidates for state school superintendent, governor, and U.S. Senate. Keynote speakers will inspire to get out and vote and vote smart.
  • Georgia Conservatives endorse Pennington for Gov. - Georgia Conservatives In Action announced Wednesday the endorsement of Conservative David Pennington for governor. `As the only conservative candidate in the race for Georgia`s governor, it is an honor to be endorsed by GCIA,` Pennington said. `As governor, I will work to cut spending, cut taxes, limit regulation and promote transparency.`
Harbin Clinic Area News
  • Clayton Teacher Arrested for Child Sex Crimes - Roderick Winslow Arrington, 29, a former Clayton County Schools teacher, was arrested and charged Tuesday after he was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. Arrington is charged with child sexual exploitation, sexual assault of a person in custody or school, and possession of a weapon at school.
  • KSU Named Princeton Review`s Top Green College - Kennesaw State University has been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada by The Princeton Review. This is the fourth consecutive ear that the University has been named to the annual edition of `The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges.` Kennesaw State’s LEED-certified buildings and its farm-to-campus program are highlighted in the guide. The guide also notes other KSU initiatives such as graywater from the Central Parking Deck used to water campus landscaping, motion detectors for lighting in classrooms and meeting rooms, alternative transportation and increased recycling efforts on campus.
  • Ga Meet Producer Recalls 24KPounds of Chicken - Gainesville`s Prime Pak Foods announced that they are recalling close to 24,000 pounds of fully cooked breaded chicken breast products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The products were formulated with egg and wheat, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.
  • Austel Man Sentenced for Injuring New-born Child - Joseph Rucker McFall, 31 of Austell, was sentenced Monday to 30 year, 20 in prison, for severely injuring is 8 week-old son. Authorities said that McFall admitted that he caused blunt-force injuries to his son’s head and fractured bones in both of the baby’s arms and a rib in October 2012. He pleaded guilty last week to five counts of aggravated battery.
  • Rydal Man Commits Murder/Suicide - Richard Holcomb, a 23-year-old Rydal man, is suspected of shooting 23 year-old Zakeem Berry, of Kennesaw. before turning the gun on himself this week. Authorties said that the incident occurred near Red Lobster on George Busbee Parkway in Kennesaw. Berry was transported to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital where he died as a result of the injury.
  • Cobb Wmabn Charged with Elderly Abuse - A Cobb County woman, Tara Dawn Smith, has been charged with neglecting an 87 year-old woman. Police said that she allowed her elderly, bedridden mother to live in filth so long, she developed a bed sore down to the bone. Reports said that the elderly woman had seen a doctor in several years, appeared to have not been bathed in months, and had fingernails and toenails several inches long.
  • Cherokee Police Find Drugs, Exotic Animals - Cherokee County agencies discovered drugs and exotic animals in a Woodstock home following conducting a search. Authorities said that one of the animals found was a tegu, a member of the lizard family. They added that they also tracked a shipment of 10 pounds of marijuana to that location. They also found another three pounds of marijuana, along with hashish, psilocybin mushrooms, Xanax and cocaine, along with the exotic animals, several firearms and nearly $6,000 in cash. As a result they charged three people with the possession and trafficking of the drugs, Kurt Steven Wisehart, 25, of Woodstock, and Marlena Shae Darby, 19, of Woodstock. The third Matt Quinn, remains at large.
  • GA Legislation Signed, Gives Students `Head Start` - Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday signed into law legislation creating work-based learning programs for Georgia high school students, which will increase their access to real-world education and further ensure that our state is shaping a qualified future workforce. These programs will replace Georgia’s current Youth Apprenticeship Program. `Work-based learning programs establish a mutually beneficial relationship between students, employers and the economic health of the state,` Deal said. `Yielding highly trained, technologically sophisticated and career-oriented students, these programs will aid in the development of a successful and competitive 21st century workforce and help keep us the No. 1 place for business.`
  • Man Gets Life for Murder of Agnes Scott Student - Stephen McDaniel, the man accused of killing and dismembering an Agnes Scott College and Mercer law school graduate three years ago was sentenced to life in prison Monday after pleading guilty to malice murder.
  • Finalist Selected for Next Atlanta Airport GM - Three finalists, Miguel Southwell, Deborah Ale Flint and Paul Wiedefeld, have been selected as finalist for general manager of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Southwell is currently Hartsfield-Jackson`s interim manager, Flint currently serves as Oakland aviation director and Wiedefeld works as Baltimore/Washington International CEO.
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Don`t look now but the Atlanta Braves are playing pretty good baseball.

Everyone thought the Braves were done when Kris Medlin went down for the season with elbow problems. Atlanta added Ervin Santana and has not missed a beat on starting pitching. Right now the Braves are leading the Major Leagues in team ERA. Great pitching has been the Braves calling card for going on three decades now.

There was a little concern when Craig Kimbrel came back for resting his soldier and looked mortal. However, he returned to form against the last three batters he faced Monday. Freddie Freeman has emerged as one of the best overall players in all of baseball. Freddie`s hitting 370 with 5 homeruns and his defensive play at first base is spectacular. Meanwhile, Andrelton Simmons might be the best defensive short stop in the Majors.

There are still concerns. Dan Uggla and BJ Upton are both hitting in the lose 200s again. And the only thing uglier than Dan`s batting average is his play at second base. Jason Heyward is batting well below 200.

Uggla`s slump is now in its fourth season so it is safe to assume that he is not going to snap out of it. Atlanta may just have to make the decision to eat his big contract and move in another direction. There is a chance that Upton and Heyward will bounce back but there is certainly the possibility that they will not.

Of course, none of this really matters unless the Braves can figure out how to win in the postseason. Braves fans are not going to be easy to drag back onto the bandwagon. There have been an awful lot of postseason appearances with nothing the show for them.

It is my opinion, that if Atlanta does not find a way to add some pop to their batting lineup they will be in the same boat again this season. It will be up to Frank Wren to make some magic happen before the trade deadline rolls around.

Atlanta just is not generating enough offense which was visible again Tuesday night in a 1-0 loss to the Marlins. If the Braves can find some offense between now and October, the sky is the limit. If not, it will be another quick exit from the postseason.

In the meantime, enjoy some great baseball.

Mark Miller

  • Rome Pitcher Lafreniere Retires - Rome Braves pitcher Frank Lafreniere has announced his retirement. Lafreniere this season was 1-3 with an 8.83 ERA in four starts. Coming into the 2014 season his record was 18-18 with a 4.48 ERA. Lafreniere hails from St. Bruno, Canada and was 47th round selection by the Braves in 2010.
  • 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.
  • Rome Falls to Greensboro Tuesday - The Rome Braves were defeated by the Greensboro Grasshoppers Tuesday by a score of 11-4.
  • Berry beat Maryvile, Vikes set new DIII Win Mark - Berry defeated Maryville College, 8-1, and claimed the highest amount of wins in a season since the Vikings transitioned to Division III. Berry finished its regular season at 27-13, while Maryville dropped to 16-19.
  • Wilson named National Track Athlete of the Week - Kirk Wilson has earned United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Track Athlete of the Week for the NCAA Division II the association announced Monday.
  • Coronado wins weekly honor for regionally-ranked V - The SAA announced the softball Players of the Week for games played April 14-20 and Berry`s Allie Coronado won the pitching honor. Coronado tossed a complete-game shutout in what proved to be the SAA regular season championship game as Berry defeated BSC, 2-0, on Sunday. She scattered four hits, struck out three and walked four. Coronado went 2-0 on the week and had Berry`s two wins over the Panthers in the series split. She had 0.50 ERA and allowed nine hits in the two games. She is a sophomore from Kennesaw, Ga. and won the same honor earlier this season.
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Local Trainer - Gets National Certification
Pro Performance would like to congratulate one of its Personal Trainers, Kristy Agan, for achieving a highly notable certification in the fitness industry. Kristy, who was already a Russian Kettlebell (RKC) certified instructor, attended the RKC Level 2 certification in Encinitas, CA April 4 through April 6th. She passed the RKCII certification and was also recommended to assist with teaching future certifications. The RKC certification through Dragon Door is seen by the fitness industry as a major leader in kettlebell training. Dragon Door`s mission for the RKC II is to turn out highly competent, knowledgeable, skilled instructors who place a premium on strong, safe, health-based movement-for themselves and their clients. They consider the ability to move well, model well, and teach well to be of equal importance to the instructor`s strength and endurance capacities. A hallmark of Dragon Door`s RKC I and RKC II programs is the insistence on intelligent programming and safe progressions-for the long-term development of both health and strength.

For more information on Kristy Agan and her training options, please visit her website at www.kristyagan.com or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Kristy.Agan.Trainer

Pro Performance is currently located at 314 East 1st Avenue, Rome GA. They will be relocating in the coming weeks to 100 Broad Street in the old Christie`s Office Supply building. You can reach the staff at Pro Performance at 706-234-9639.

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    • Political Forum Open to the Public - WRGA News and Georgia Highlands College will host at political forum for candidates for the Floyd County Board of Education and the Floyd County Commission which is open to the public. The event will be held Thursday, April 24 from 6pm  10pm.

      Berry to Host Beef/Milk Sale - The Berry Farm`s Angus Beef and The Berry Farm`s Jersey Milk enterprises will be having a sale from 4-7 p.m. Friday (April 25) at the Rollins Dairy. Crowd favorites such as beef short ribs, cubed steak and gouda cheese are available for purchase. The Berry Farms Angus Beef creates the opportunity for consumers to enjoy quality natural Angus beef from cattle raised by Berry students. Berry Angus provides a 100 percent Black Angus beef product. The Black Angus breed is known for delivering a phenomenal eating experience and contains no artificial ingredients or additives.

      GDOL to host job training recruitment in LaFayette - The Georgia Department of Labors (GDOL) will host a special recruitment for job seekers who qualify for OJT, a federal on-the-job training program to help get unemployed workers back into the labor force. The recruitment will be held Tuesday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the LaFayette Career Center, 200 West Villanow St. The OJT program was established by the U.S. Department of Labor through the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The Workforce Investment Board of Northwest Georgia administers the OJT program in the northwest Georgia region.