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Obama Immiigration Plan Adds Parents  
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As another element of the political theatre surrounding his long promised immigration plan, President Obama will sign his executive order at the same Las Vegas high school where he initially promised it, nearly two years ago.

Hispanics are an important group of voters in some states, including Nevada. Obama`s announcement was geared to get the message out to them, he presented it on Univision, which interrupted the Latin Grammies to carry it, while the major English language networks didn`t carry it.

The plan, summarized in the graphic (right), make a few more people eligible for Obama`s existing 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) program. The family members of people who use DACA will then be eligible for `Deferred Action.`

The problem with both the 2012 and the current plan is the deferred action. It only last three years and it could be revoked by the same stroke of a pen with which Obama has created it. Neither provides a path to citizenship.

As a result only 40% of those eligible for the original plan. So while much of the media is talking about the potential number, the actual numbers will likely be far fewer. One estimate would be 2 million rather than 5 million. If that estimate is correct, that would leave 9 million people `unprotected.`

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Susan Childers has dedicated her life helping others. Childers, the once face of Cave Spring Elementary, since her retirement has maintained her course and continues to find ways to help others grow. Her latest adventure is something that has been done for several years, but has continued to outgrow her home. Listen as Susan speaks on `Christmas in the County` as she explains how the idea came about and what the event will bring northwest Georgia this December. Susan also speaks on the `Santa Spring; which this year will benefit Rett Syndrome. It is because of her caring heart for giving back we honor Susan Childers as this week`s Coosa Valley News Person of the Week.

  • Salvation Army to Serve Free Thanksgiving Dinner - The Salvation Army of Greater Rome will serve a free Thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday, November 25 starting at 5:30 pm at the Salvation Army Center located at 317 E 1st Ave in Rome. This is the third annual Thanksgiving Dinner served by The Salvation Army of Greater Rome, but it more than a meal. `Thanksgiving is being thankful for what`s been given to us and being able to share with others,` said Captain Douglas McClure of The Salvation Army. `It`s sharing a meal with a neighbor, your friend, knowing that someone is not going without a meal, especially during the holiday season.`
  • Bekaert Looks to Reopen in the Near Future - According to Bekaert Corp. Plant manager Gary Downey, plans are to begin reopening the plant as soon as possible. Downey said that hopes are to ease back into working by getting half of the plant back in production over the next few days.
  • Woman Charged with Shoplifting, Meth Possession - Shana Bryn Canada, 30 of Rome, was arrested this week for allegedly trying to steal a sweater from the west Rome Walmart. Reports added that when Canada was searched authorities also located a small bag of suspected methamphetamine and a syringe.
  • Negotiations On-going for N. Broad Funeral Home - An auction this week for the former Miller & Richards Funeral Home Heritage Chapel on North Broad Street in Rome did not go the way owners had hoped. Three bidders are still working to negotiate a price with owner Vineyard Financing of Tallahassee. Bids this week started out at $95,000 with the high bid reaching only $150,000. The site was valued at $674,100 by the Floyd County tax office this past year.
  • Man arrested for Speed Chase of 150+MPH - A police chase though Rome at speeds of over 150 miles per hour landed 24 year-old Branden Lee Salas, of Canton, in jail. Reports said that Salas is accused of not stopping for a state trooper near the Floyd/Chattooga County line back on October 1. Reports said that Salas allegedly reached speeds of 153 mph on Martha Berry Highway before turning on Ga. 140.
  • College & Career Academy Host Hour of Code Event - We all use computer programs but not many understand how the programs work with the computer. Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy will offer the chance for you to unwrap the mystery as the school will host an Hour of Code event as part of the national celebration of Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14. Each afternoon of the week, the school`s computer lab will be open from 4 to 5 p.m. to allow third-grade to adult learners to try their hand at writing code.
  • Rome Teen Charged with Theft. Again. - Jordan Tyler York, 19 of Rome, has been arrested and charged with burglarizing a home on Gribble Road in Silver Creek. Reports said that York allegedly entered the home and took two laptop computers and a pink gun. Report said that he was allegedly in possession of several of the items when he was arrested.
  • Bekaert Fire Causes Major Issues in Rome - A large fire occured inside the Bekaert Wire plant, located at 301 Darlington Dr in Rome Wednesday afternoon. Reports said that the blaze started on the plant`s bead wire line. Authorities said that the massive blaze then quickly spread to the ceiling creating a large column of black smoke. Fire fighters used cranes in an attempt to get to the source of the fire. A plume of smoke could be seen for miles. As seen in the picture below it appears that atleast 25% of the plant may be a total loss with significant additional smoke damage.
  • VenueDog Joins Forces with Marietta Daily Journal - Rome-based Venuedog has joined forces with the Marietta Daily Journal to become the `go-to` place for events in Cobb County. The website will be placed on the paper`s news site and will feature events from such places as the Strand Theatre, Cobb Energy Centre, Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, the Mable House Arts Centre, the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Arts, and various galleries, bars and restaurants in Cobb. VenueDog`s CEO is former Georgia Northwestern Technical College President Craig McDaniel.
  • Pepperell SADD Awarded Highway Safety Grant - Teens at Pepperell High School are trying to reverse the trend of teen drivers being the source of bad press in their community because of tragic driving deaths due to crashes involving texting, speed or alcohol. In an effort to involve Georgia teens in reducing injury and death to young drivers, Pepperell High School is proud to announce their receipt of a $2,500 Students Against Destructive Decisions Grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
  • Tellabration! 2014 at Rome Civic Center - The Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau is teaming up with Ridge and Valley Storytelling Guild for Tellabration! 2014, a free evening of storytelling at Rome Civic Center on Saturday, November 22 at 7 p.m. Locals and visitors are invited to come and listen to stories told by talented tellers from the northwest Georgia area to help celebrate the ancient art and tradition of storytelling.
  • Man Tries to Avoid Arrest by Jumping out Window - While Calhoun Police were attempted to make an arrest, the suspect, Clayton Joseph Grisham, 18, decided to allegedly run away by jumping through a window of the home. Reports said that police allegedly found Grisham hiding in a closet while responding to a dispute between him and a female.
  • Gordon Dep. Makes Drug Trafficking Arrest on I75 - A Gordon County deputy sheriff patrolling Interstate 75 (northbound) near Calhoun stopped an automobile bearing an Illinois license plate for multiple traffic offenses. The deputy was accompanied by his canine `partner`, and a subsequent search of the passenger compartment of the vehicle yielded a variety of illegal drugs: deputies found several ounces of high grade marijuana packaged for resale, opiates, as well as what is believed to be cocaine, LSD, and MDMA, or `molly` a type of methamphetamine.
  • Former Officer Sentenced on Child Sex Crimes - Former Bartow County police officer, James Perry Scott, was sentenced this week to 40 years, 20 to serve, in prison after begin convicted on four counts of child molestation. Scott was arrested in 2012 and initially charged with three counts of child molestation and two counts of aggravated child molestation. He worked with the Cartersville Police Department from 1997 until 2011. He also once worked as a deputy with the Bartow County Sherriff`s Office.
  • Man Sells Crack Cocaine to Undercover Officer - Christopher Bernard Selman, 44 of Rome, has been arrested and charged with allegedly trying to sell crack cocaine to an undercover officer, as well as an informant last summer. According to reports, in July of this year, Selman sold suspected crack cocaine to a confidential informant and an undercover police officer for $40 at a location on Calhoun Avenue at North Broad Street.
  • Woman Charged with Shoplifting, Meth Possession - Rome Police said that a Cartersville woman whom was being arrested for shoplifting was also found to allegedly have drugs in her possession. Debra Lynne Whitener, 50, was arrested this week at Walmart on Cartersville Highway. During the arrest police found a glass smoking pipe containing suspected methamphetamine residue.
  • Defendants Sentenced in ATM Skimming Ring - Michael J. Ellis has been sentenced for stealing the bank debit card numbers and passwords of individuals in Georgia and Florida through an ATM skimming device. According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges and other information presented in court: Ellis, working with co-defendants Zira M. Bailey and Bryan S. Kees, used illegal skimming devices to steal over $130,000 from bank customers by installing the devices at SunTrust automated teller machines (ATM’s) in Georgia and Florida. When a customer used the ATM with a skimming device installed, the device electronically recorded the customer’s debit card number and a small camera in the device video recorded the ATM keyboard as the customer entered his or her password.
  • Artist Drawing of Cartersville Robbery Suspect - Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Investigators responded to the Travel Center of America located at 981 Cass-White Road in Cartersville, Ga. in reference to an Armed Robbery on Monday. The Georgia Bureau of Investigations was pleased to provide assistance to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office by providing the services of their Forensic Artist Ms. Kelly Lawson. The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office is releasing this composite sketch of the suspect believed to have committed Armed Robbery.
  • Rome Man Facing Federal Child Porn Charges - Stephen Michael Hipple, 34 of Rome, has been indicted on federal sexual exploitation of children and child pornography charges. Hipple was already housed in Floyd County on child molestation charges. Reports said that he was first arrested in July of this year after having allegedly committed oral sex with a small child between July 2011 and July 2014.
  • Local Communities Picked for Housing Assistance - Cedartown and Trion were two of five Georgia communities to be selected to receive assistance with their housing needs through the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing, a public-private initiative focused on helping communities strategically grow their economies through housing-related solutions. The three-year program will being in February. Through training and technical instruction during a series of retreats, community housing teams design and implement strategies to enhance their economies as well as the quality of life for their citizens. During these work sessions, each team will work with and receive continuous feedback from a facilitator or housing professional, as well as engage in cross-community collaboration.
  • Floyd County Public Invited to Talk on Ebola - The City of Rome in partnership with Dr. Miniyar`s Pediatrics present a community talk on Ebola to educate and empower the community through knowledge. The talk will be held 11 a.m. this Saturday, November 22 at the Rome Fire Administration Building. Dr. Joseph Hilinski, Program Director for Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Wade Sellers, District Health Director for Northwest Georgia Public Health and Dr. Raj Miniyar, Pediatrician, will present information on what individuals need to know about Ebola including transmission and symptoms of the disease and precautions to prevent transmission.
  • Movie to Film in Bartow County, Roads Closed - The Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) is advising motorists in Bartow County of a detour off Red Top Mountain Road and US 41, scheduled for this weekend, to accommodate filming a movie by Gardens Films Productions, LLC. The portion of Red Top Mountain Road between State Route (SR) 293 and the US 41/SR 3 ramp will be closed from 9 p.m. on Friday, November 21 until around 5 a.m. on Monday, November 24, 2014, and traffic will be detoured onto SR 293. The section of US 41/SR 3 between Red Top Mountain Road and Old SR 293/Stars Way will also be closed from 9 p.m. on Friday until around 1 a.m. on Monday. Traffic in the area will be detoured off these two roads into ST 293.
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  • Etowah at Westlake
  • Central Gwinnett at Newton
  • Roswell at Hillgrove
  • Lee County at Archer
  • McEachern at Alpharetta
  • Grayson at Tucker
  • Hughes at Milton
  • Dacula at Colquitt County

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  • Mays at Ware County
  • Jones County at Kell
  • Stephenson at Stockbridge
  • Sequoyah at Houston County
  • Glynn Academy at Creekside
  • Dalton at Northside, Warner Robins
  • Coffee at Allatoona
  • Gainesville at Harris County

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  • Sandy Creek at Wayne County
  • Baldwin at Cartersville
  • Marist at Griffin
  • Mary Persons at Buford
  • Eastside at St. Pius
  • Stephens County at West Laurens
  • Burke Co. at Woodward Academy
  • North Oconee at Cairo

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  • Callaway at Washington County
  • Oconee County at Pierce County
  • Adairsville at Blessed Trinity
  • Dodge County at Jefferson
  • Cedar Grove at Calhoun
  • Appling County at Elbert County
  • Westminster at Central, Carrollton
  • Hart County at Cook

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  • Heard County at Screven County
  • Washington-Wilkes at Brooks County
  • Lovett at Macon County
  • Benedictine at Rabun County
  • Lamar County at GAC
  • Coosa at Vidalia
  • Pace Academy at Jefferson County
  • Model at Fitzgerald

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  • Greenville at Marion County
  • ECI at Mount Zion, Carroll
  • Lincoln County at Charlton County
  • Jenkins County at Hawkinsville
  • Calhoun County at Mitchell County
  • Clinch County at Commerce
  • Dooly County at Claxton
  • Atkinson County at Irwin County

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  • Christian Heritage at Calvary Day
  • Mount Pisgah at Landmark Christian
  • Athens Christian at ELCA
  • First Presbyterian at Prince Avenue
  • Stratford Academy at Mount Paran
  • Pacelli at Savannah Christian
  • Pinecrest Acad. at Tattnall Square
  • St. Francis at Aquinas
  • Medical Clinic Owners Indicted, Fraud of Elderly - Miguel Angel Hernandez, 58, and Maria del Pilar Moreira, 47, both formally of Atlanta have been indicted on charges of conspiracy and healthcare fraud for filing fraudulent claims with Medicare and the Georgia Medicaid program. `These defendants are charged with preying on senior citizens to steal millions of dollars in Medicare and Medicaid funds,` said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. `They are now being held accountable for their outrageous conduct.`
  • Georgia Unemployment Declines 7.7% - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October was 7.7 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.9 percent in September. The rate in October of last year was 7.8 percent. `The rate fell as we had extremely strong job growth in October, which gave us the largest number of jobs in Georgia since May of 2008,` said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. `Our state’s private-sector employers get the credit because they created more than 91 percent of the new jobs in October and all of them since October of last year.`
  • Arrest Made in Murder of Elderly Douglas Co Woman - Douglas County police have arrested and charged Odes Dupree, 53, with the murder of an elderly woman in her home earlier this month. Florene Duke was found dead and hogtied inside her apartment on Selman Drive on Nov. 10. An autopsy said that Duke, who suffered from dementia, died of positional asphyxiation. Police said that Dupree has a history of drug abuse and saw the elderly woman as a easy target for a robbery.
  • 2 Year-old Shot and Killed in Savannah - Savannah police are looking into the fatal shooting of a 2 year-old girl. Reports said that the child was struck by a bullet while inside an apartment. Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police reported that officers were responding to a gunshot call when they were told the child had been injured around 11 p.m. Tuesday at the apartment complex on Hampstead Avenue.
  • Man Arrested After 3 County Police Chase - Richard Massey, 41 of Gillsville, lead authorities on a three county chase this week before finally being stopped in Haberhsam County. Reports said that he was spotted in White County allegedly driving on an altered license plate. Reports said that Massey and his Honda Accord sped away and drove though White, Hall and Habersham Counties.
  • Police Investigating Dwight Howard for Child Abuse - Cobb County police have confirmed that NBA star Dwight Howard is under investigation for suspected child abuse. Reports said that this is the second time that the 28 year-old NBA All-Star has been investigated for the same allegations.
  • Three Charged in Smryna Shooting Murder - Smyrna police have confirmed that three men, Simeon Moore, 25, Kevin Robinson, 25, and 29 year-old Walter Milbourne, have been charged with murder following a fatal shooting in an apartment incident that resulted in a car chase. Reports said that Jamie Adedra Moore, 24, was shot in the head on November 12.
  • Settlement Reached between DeKalb Schools/ Feds - The United States Attorney`s Office and the Department of Justice reached a settlement agreement with the DeKalb County, Ga., School District to resolve the Department`s inquiry into the district`s ability to prevent and effectively respond to harassment based on national origin and religion. The agreement ensures that the more than 100,000 students in DeKalb County School District (DeKalb County) will be protected by clear and comprehensive anti-harassment policies and procedures in compliance with federal civil rights laws. It also ensures that parents and students will have access to essential information, including discipline policies and procedures, in their preferred language.
  • Health IT Company to Create 150 Jobs in Cobb CO. - Greenway Health, a healthcare information company, announced that it will open a software development office in Cobb, thus creating 150 new jobs. The Carrollton based company makes an integrated practice management system that includes electronic health records.
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It`s no secret I am not a Braves fans. However, I am not sure why Atlanta fans hate the trade that was made this week. Look at the teams who go deep in the playoffs, all focused on pitching. Jason Hayward is not, and will not ever live up to his potential in Atlanta. He was never going to be David Justice. He is more of a Jeff Francouer kinda guy.

However, Shelby Miller has several years on his contract, at a cheap rate and could potentially be a number one starter. I think both the Cards and Braves benefited from this deal.

It wouldn`t surprise me if the Falcons went at least two rounds in the playoffs. Talk about being in the right division at the right now. Think about this, a losing record and you still get a low draft pick. Do the Birds really win if they capture the division title?

Did the Marlins and their $325 million over 13 year contract leave you scratching your head? Toss in the no-trade clause, and it makes him either going to be a Marlin, Red Sox, Yankee or Cub until he retires.

In the NBA, the Thunder is learning that they better find a paycheck big enough for Kevin Durant or they might as well move back to Seattle because that team will stink.

Absolutely hated to see Todd Gurley go down on Saturday night. Just a thought. He`s not had surgery yet…. What if he faked the injury just to be able to sit out the rest of the year…. naaaaah.

The SEC and bowl season could be really interesting. If Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee all win one more game, and Kentucky two, every team in the SEC will be bowl eligible, minus Vandy.

Who have they played? Forget the polls at the start of the season. Who is ranked now and who have they beaten? Here is the Playoff`s Top 10 teams, and the CURRENT teams that are ranked in the top 25.

Alabama has only beaten ONE team currently ranked in the top 25, that being last week`s win over Mississippi State. They do have a ranked Auburn team to close out the year.

What about other top 10 teams that have only faced ONE currently ranked team? Number 8 Ole Miss beat Bama with a game left against Mississippi State, and UCLA beat Arizona with a game against USC this weekend to finish out the season. Mississippi State, ranked four, has also only beaten ONE ranked team, that being Auburn. They as I said before will play Ole Miss to end their season.

How about teams that have beat two ranked teams? FSU has defeated Clemson and Louisville and will not play another ranked team until possibly the ACC title game. TCU has defeated Oklahoma and Kansas State with no other ranked team on their schedule. Ohio State has defeated Michigan State and Minnesota with hopes of another Big10 team making it to the title game. Baylor has also played two ranked teams, TCU and Oklahoma. Good news for them is that they still have a game with a Kansas State team that will end the season ranked.

That brings us to the only two teams that have played, and defeated three currently ranked teams. Those are Oregon, who beat Michigan State, UCLA and Utah. The Ducks are also set to play a ranked team in the Pac12 title game. Last, but not least, the 10th ranked Georgia Bulldogs. The Dawgs have defeated Clemson, Mizzu and Auburn with shots at a top 15 ranked Georgia Tech and a possible shot at number 1 Alabama.

That being said, if the Dawgs run the table, that would mean they would be the only team in the country to beat five ranked teams. It makes you wonder how they could be left out doesn`t it?

Last week I went 5 for 5. Not bad, but at the end of the day at least I got the UGA/Auburn game correct. On the season I am now 83 for 110.

  • Oklahoma over Kansas
  • Michigan Stat over Rutgers
  • Georgia over Charleston Southern
  • FSU over Boston COllege
  • Utah over Arizona
  • Oregon over Colorado
  • Miami over Virginia
  • Baylor over OK STate
  • Tennessee over Mizzu
  • USC over UCLA

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  • - If they were looking for justification that they can indeed compete in the toughest NCAA Division II conferences in the nation, the Gulf South Conference coaches have made it clear that the Shorter Hawks have reached that point. In the first season as a full Division II and GSC member, the Hawks saw a bright light shine on a year that began with high hopes and finished with its share of heartbreak when six Shorter players not only earned the program`s first-ever All-Gulf South Conference honors on Wednesday but also saw one of their own claim one of the league`s top postseason awards when junior safety Jordan Shaw was named the GSC Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Hawks come up short in NCCAA Regionals - Shorter fell to Southern Wesleyan, 3-1, Thursday in the semifinals of the NCCAA South Region Tournament. The Hawks move to 10-11-1 on the season; while the Warriors improve 13-6 overall with the win and will take on Palm Beach Atlantic in the championship match Saturday afternoon.
  • Mitchell earns 400th win as Lady Hawks Cruise - The much anticipated milestone has finally been accomplished as the Lady Hawks topped Clark Atlanta 80-67 Tuesday night to give head coach Vic Mitchell his 400th win at Shorter. The Lady Hawks turned in a well-rounded effort in the win as three players finished in double figures. Ieshia Alexander led the way with 23 points on the night, while Maggie Peeples added 12, and Cynara Pitt chipped in 14. Both, Shaundricka Mann and Jackie Hudson just missed joining the group; turning nine points each.
  • Berry Women’s Soccer earns seven All-SAA awards - The Berry College women`s soccer team earned seven Southern Athletic Association all conference awards, the conference office announced today.
  • Armuchee Wins State Championship - Armuchee High School won the school`s first state title in competition cheerleading this past weekend by edging system rival Coosa at the Class AA State Championship held at the Columbus Civic Center. The Coosa Eagle team came in second at the championships.
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