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 Protest Leaders Condemn Killings

Three police officers were killed over the weekend. In New York, two policemen were murdered in a daylight ambush while sitting in their squad car. In Florida, an officer was shot and killed by a fugitive trying to evade a warrant,

These killings follow five months of media attention over the officer-involved killings of:

  • Michael Brown
  • Eric Garner
  • Tamir Rice

Each of those incidents involved the death of an unarmed suspect. They have sparked protests in a variety of places. In some cases, those protests have turned violent, including riots and burning of property in Feguson, MO. In Ferguson, dozens of buildings were looted and burned during the riots.

In other protests leaders have called for violence against police. On several nights in Ferguson, some groups threatened police officers and their families. One video clip showed demonstrators in New York City chanted: `What do we want? Dead cops!`

High-profile Democrats, including President Obama and New York mayor Bill de Blasio, have discussed concerns about police use of force.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, among others, condemned the killings. Sharpton said, `From the beginning, we have stressed that this is a pursuit of justice to make the system work fairly for everyone.`

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani reacted to the killings by saying, `Four months of propaganda, starting with the president, that everybody should hate the police.` He said public figures have contributed to `an atmosphere of severe, strong anti-police hatred in certain communities.`

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Frugal Gift Wrapping

Gift wrapping is probably the forgotten expense of the holidays, but it can actually end up being a large expense if you let it. Anywhere from $5 to $12 per roll of beautiful wrapping to cover all of those gifts. So, what can we do?

    Creativity and resourcefulness is key. Here are a few tricks to keep the cost of wrapping to a minimum this year:
  • Newspaper - this one is a personal favorite. You can dress up your gift with the classifieds and finish it off with a festive ribbon.
  • Leftovers - have any extra scraps of fabric? Extra things lying around the house could turn into useful wrapping tools. Think yarn instead of buying fancy ribbon.
  • White or brown paper - you can find large rolls of this stuff at craft stores and decorate it yourself. Get the kids involved and let them color or paint the paper before you use it to wrap the gift. Or if you`d rather not paint the paper, put a picture on top of the gift to make the wrapping job more fun.
  • Last year`s holiday cards - cut the covers from last year`s holiday cards to make creative gift tags.
  • Glass jars or old boxes - clean out that jar of spaghetti sauce and fill it with your gift. Or find an old shoe box and decorate.
There are so many ways to avoid overspending this season. What are you doing to keep the cost down?

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  • Rome Man Found with $1,700 in Counterfeit Money - A 51 year-old Rome man, Kenneth Dwayne Bailey, was behind bars on Monday after police allegedly found $1,780 worth of counterfeit money. According to reports, police found two fake $100 dollar bills, 64 fake $20`s, and 30 fake $30 bills.
  • Woman Arrested for Forging Checks - Melissa Lynn Roden, 41 of Rome, has been arrested after being accused of forging another`s signature on three different checks. Reports said that Roden allegedly wrote the checks at Walmart for amounts of $506.04, $1,170.96 and $1,400 earlier this year. Police said that she also attempted to use the victim`s debit card three different times at the Maple Quick Stop.
  • 98.6 Million Travelers Expected for Holidays - The year-end holiday season should see the highest travel volume on record (AAA travel data dates back to 2001). AAA projects 98.6 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season, an increase of four percent from the 94.8 million people who traveled last year. The year-end holiday period is defined as Tuesday, December 23 to Sunday, January 4.
  • Gas Prices Continue Down for Christmas Week - Gas prices fell below $2 a gallon at various filling stations Georgia and Tennessee last week, and prices in Florida are not far behind. The lowest prices in Florida are in the Jacksonville area at about $2.10 a gallon. If prices keep falling at a rate of 2 cents a day, Florida motorists could begin finding gasoline below $2 by the end of the week.
  • Widening Beings on US 41 in Bartow County - Work has just begun on a widening and reconstruction project on US41/State Route (SR) 3 in Bartow County. The project consists of 1.079 miles of widening and reconstruction of the existing historic interchange of US 41/SR 3 at US 411/SR 61. It also includes the reconstruction of the bridges on US 41 over US 411/SR 61, CSX Railroad and Pettit Creek.
  • Gordon County Names New Fire Chief - Gordon County officials have named Doug Ralston as the county`s new Fire Chief. Ralston is replacing David Hawkins, who retired in September. Ralston was chosen over a list of 24 applicants, which included internal and external candidates. Ralston has served as captain, lieutenant and firefighter, paramedic in Gordon County since 1995. He has also served as battalion chief since 2012.
  • Shop with a Cop Helps Over 100 Kids - Over 150 children gathered early Saturday morning for the annual Coosa Valley Fraternal Order of Police’s ‘Shop with a Cop’. Organizers said that close to 50 law enforcement officers came out to K-Mart in Rome to shop with local youths. One child said, ‘with all of the news talking about the police violence, this goes to show you that cops are the good guys’.
  • Man Stuff Meat, Video Games Down Pants, Arrested - A Trion man, James Hoyt Rhinehart Jr, was arrested in Walmart after a Chattooga County deputy allegedly spotted the suspect placing hamburger meat, sour cream and video games down his pants.
  • Man Arrested for Pulling Gun on Son - A Rome father, William Michael Higgins, 58, was arrested over the weekend after police said he allegedly pulled a gun on his son during an argument. Reports said that Higgins pulled a .38 caliber handgun, at a home on Darlington Way, before firing two shots inside the home.
  • 6 Dropoffs for Christmas Trees in Bartow Co - Six Christmas tree collection sites will be provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Allatoona Lake Project Office in Bartow County. The six (6) sites include: Victoria Day Use, Galt`s Day Use, Sweetwater Campground Overflow parking area, Payne Boat Ramp, Blockhouse 1 (behind Paw Paw`s Convenience Store) fishing jetty and Bethany Bridge Fishing Jetty parking area. All drop-off sites will be marked and trees can start to be dropped off starting December 26, 2014.
  • Woman Arrested for Stabbing Ex-Boyfriend - Olivia Carver, 22, was arrested over the weekend after police said she allegedly stabbed a male at a home on Donahoo Road in Silver Creek. Reports said that Carter stabbed her ex-boyfriend Frankie Park in the stomach.
  • Cave Spring to Host 3rd Polar Bear Plunge - The Polar Bear Plunge will return for its third year in Cave Spring. Last year`s second run at Rolator Park close to 100 jumpers, including CVN`s own Thom Holt (pictured right), braved the cold waters on New Years Day to help benefit the Cave Spring Historical Society. This year organizers are hoping for over 150 to come enjoy the celebration. Money raised will help go for the restoration and preservation efforts at the Vann Cherokee Cabin.
  • DOT To Suspend Lane Closures - The Georgia Department of Transportation is clearing a path for travelers this holiday season by lifting lane closures over the extended Christmas and New Year’s travel period. GDOT announced that all scheduled and ongoing construction-related lane closures in Northwest Georgia would be suspended for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The suspension will begin at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, December 23 and continue until 10 p.m. on Sunday, December 28. Georgia DOT will also suspend lane closures for New Year holiday travelers from 5 a.m. on Wednesday, December 31 through 5 a.m. on Friday, January 2, 2015.
  • 2014 Downtown Achievement Award Winners - The 2014 Downtown Achievement Awards took place at the Historic DeSoto Theatre over the weekend. The DDA Outreach Committee, chaired by Barbara Ware, over sees the awards each year. Award presentations were made by DDA board members and Downtown Development Director Ann Arnold.
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  • Deal Inaugural gala to showcase Georgia artists - Gov. Nathan Deal`s inaugural team announced details for the Inaugural Gala, including performances by a slate of Georgia musicians. The gala will be held on Jan. 15 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. `Georgia is blessed with a deep pool of talented musicians, and some of the most famous artists in the world call Georgia home,` Deal said. `These talented singers and songwriters span several genres, and I look forward to enjoying their performances.`
  • Deal announces inaugural event schedule - The inaugural committee of Gov. Nathan Deal announced the schedule of events for the inaugural, which includes a statewide volunteer day to be held on Jan. 10, 2015. First Lady Sandra Deal launched With A Servant`s Heart in 2011 as part of the governor`s first inaugural. Since 2011, the annual event has shown immense success and volunteer turnout.
  • Gov. Deal Appoints Five to State Boards - Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed five new directors to state boards. In the latest rounds he named Carol Burgess as Dir of the Georgia Lottery Corp, Jennifer Herring and Simeon Deal on the Georgia Lotto Board of Directors, Martha Venn on the Professional Standards Commission, and Vicki S. Arnold on the Board of Pharmacy.
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  • GPC Approves Additional Solar Generation in GA - The Georgia Public Service Commission has taken another step in the expansion of solar energy in our state with the unanimous approval and certification of ten solar power purchase agreements for the Georgia Power Company. These projects will add more than 515 megawatts of solar generation to the Company’s energy mix. The approval of these PPAs is part of the Company’s 2015 and 2016 Advanced Solar Initiative Prime and its 2015 ASI in Docket numbers 38877 and 39028. After the completion of these projects, Georgia Power will have nearly 900 MW of solar energy on line by the end of 2016.
  • Cell Phone Bandit Arrested in Newton County - Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens announced that a Newton County man has been arrested on 14 felony warrants in connection with a fraudulent mobile phone acquisition scheme. Andrew Anthony Hoilett, 35 of Covington, was arrested and charged with three counts of insurance fraud, three counts of identity fraud, three counts of forgery, three counts of financial transaction card fraud and two counts of theft by receiving.
  • Man Shot While Hunting in Cherokee Al - According to Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver, a man suffering from a gunshot wound has been airlifted to a Birmingham hospital. Central Dispatch notified law enforcement and emergency medical personnel over the weekend, a hunter had been shot and was seriously injured.
  • Body of Murder Victim Identified as Canton Woman - Police have identified one of the women killed in a northwest Atlanta home over the weekend as 33 year-old Heather Camp of Canton. Her body was found under a sheet in a room on Madrona Street, where police said it had been for several days. Police also found another body in a closet, but that one was badly decomposed. Reports said that it could have been housed there for several months.
  • 13 Arrested in Buckhead Protest - Over a dozen people were arrested during a protest in Buckhead over the weekend. Police said that the demonstrators blocked an intersection near Lenox Mall in protest of the recent deaths of unarmed black men. Several of the protesters were lying in the middle of the street with their arms locked together with PVC pipe.
  • Dalton School 12th in Ga to Be Honored w/ STEM - The Georgia Department of Education has awarded Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) certification to Brookwood Elementary School in Dalton Public Schools. Brookwood Elementary is the 12th school in the state to be awarded the designation. State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge awarded the certification in a ceremony at the school on Friday.
  • Standoff Ends with Death in DeKalb County - A standoff in DeKalb County resulted in the death of a suspect. Reports said that a 911 call was received Sunday that reported an armed, suicidal male alone inside a home. Reports said that the man fired at officers and fire was exchanged, resulting in his death.
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  • Shorter`s Shaw AP Little All-America pick - Having proven himself one of the best NCAA Division II defensive backs in the country, Shorter junior safety Jordan Shaw can now be considered one of the top players at his position among all of the nation`s small colleges by being named to The Associated Press Little All-America Team that picks the cream of the crop from Division II, III and NAIA programs. The recognition for Shaw, who earned Second Team honors, comes a week after he was named to the prestigious American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches` All-America Team and once again adds to a length list of awards the Jasper, Ga.-native has received.
  • Lady Vikes Bball Rallies for Win - Chanlir Segarra had a game-best 20 points and led a second half comeback as Berry College defeated Messiah College, 59-53, on Saturday. The Vikings will head into 2015 with an 8-3 record. Messiah dropped to 5-6.
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Community Events
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    • Flanigen to Sign Books at Rome-Floyd Visitor Center - The Last Stop Gift Shop will host a public book signing on Monday, December 22 to feature local author and photographer Gena Flanigen as she signs her new book: `Majestic: The Bald Eagles of Berry College`. Two years in the making, the book offers 128 pages of beautiful photographs documenting the majestic lives of two bald eagles as they fly, hunt and nest each season in the canopies of Berry College. The work also includes a special feature on the mated pairs offspring.

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      • Holiday Remote Site Closures - All Floyd County Remote Sites will be closed on Thursday, December 25, 2014 and Thursday, January 1, 2015, for Christmas and New Years Day.