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Mainland Chinese stocks extended Friday`s losses, dropping
8.5%. That was the largest one-day loss since 2007.
China`s stock market is almost entirely a local one,
with only about 2% of China`s stocks owned outside
of the country.
What is more worrying for the rest of the world is
the country`s economy. Official figures continue
to show 7% growth but almost no one believes the
Other figures show most of the economy slowing or
actually in recession. For sure, the Chinese are no
longer importing massive amounts of faw materials which
have taken the bloom off the Austrailian, Brazilian,
and Canadian economies.
Worries about China (and the world) have pushed
oil back below $50 per barrel for the first time
in four months.
Floyd County Jail Inmate Floods Cell
- An inmate at the Floyd County Jail is now facing additional charges after she allegedly placed a Styrofoam cup in her toilet and caused the water to flood her cell late Monday evening. Shakira Maquica Salaam, 19 of Lithonia, was originally arrested on July 23 for a misdemeanor probation violation charge.
Police Find Synthetic Pot, Meth
- Floyd County Police arrested a Rome couple at a home on East 18th Street after they allegedly found synthetic marijuana and methamphetamine. Reports said Ronald Dewight Hammitt Jr., 40, and Mary Rose Swopshire, 27,were arrested after officers found a bag of suspected synthetic marijuana, a bag of suspected methamphetamine residue, needles, a grinder and digital scales inside Hammit`s home.
Rome Man Swallows Pill after Shoving Officers
- According to arrest reports, Joseph Guy Naugher, 35 of Rome, was arrested after fighting officers in an attempt to resist arrest. Deputies reported that Naugher was spotted at the East Rome Wal-mart when they approached him on his outstanding warrant. They added that while attempting to secure him, Naugher shoved the officer before swallowing a white pill.
Gordon Sheriff Host Student Self Defense Class
- Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston and staff hosted a self
defense seminar at the Sheriff’s Office for students who will be
attending college soon. The class of a dozen Gordon County
student received coaching from Sheriff’s Office staff instructors
in defensive tactics, mental preparation and mindset, and
situational awareness. The course was offered especially to
students attending college as new freshmen. The students had
the opportunity to use the same equipment used in regular
training by Sheriff’s staff members.
Upgraded Charges Pending for Dalton Woman's Death
- Dalton authorities said that additional charges are pending for a man that brought a female to the emergency room over the weekend and who eventually died. David Emmanuel Rivera Zavala, 28, is currently charged with aggravated assault. The body of Myrna Rosales, 41, has been sent to the state crime lab for an autopsy, and depending on results, Zavala could face additional charges.
Homeless Man Charged with Identity Fraud
- A homeless man was arrested by Rome Police after he allegedly
tried to open a Sam`s Club account using another person`s
identity. Reports said that Percy Parrish, 58, tried to use another person`s check to open the account.
Underground Rome Basement Tours This Friday
- A walking guided tour of Rome Underground is slated for this
Friday, July 31, 2015. Mark Cochran of Cevian Design Lab is
hosting two basement tours of Rome to benefit the Sexual Assault
Center of NW Georgia. In the late 19th century, Broad Street from
the Cotton Block to Fifth Avenue was raised approximately 15
feet to alleviate flooding. The tour will offer a unique
perspective into the history and architecture of several
historical buildings that help shape the character of downtown
Floyd Co Sheriffs Office Names Employee of Quarter
- Stacy Hardy was named the Floyd County Sheriff`s Office Employee of the Quarter. Deputy Hardy goes above and beyond the call of duty, and is noted as a person who demonstrates exceptional dedication and inventiveness. Deputy Hardy exemplifies and supports the Floyd County Sheriff`s Office mission and supports and strives to achieve its core values to be `positive in our community!`
Shannon Man`s Death Ruled a Homicide
- According to reports, the state crime lab has ruled that the
death of 55 year-old Gary Davis was a homicide. Floyd County
Police are continuing to investigate the altercation in Shannon
that occurred between Davis and a 15 year-old African American
male. Davis was left with traumatic brain injury before
succumbing to his injuries. According to witnesses, the
altercation which occurred near Second Street began with a
dispute between Davis and another person. Sources told Coosa
Valley News that the teen walked up to Davis, and when Davis
attempted to walk away, he was pushed, fell backwards, and hit
his head hit on a curb.
Rome PD Hosting Citizens Police Academy
- The Rome Police Department will be conducting a Citizens` Police
Academy beginning in October 1st, 2015. The academy gives
citizens first-hand information on how and why the Department
operates, and examines the culture of police work and the
organization. It provides an excellent opportunity for the
citizens to interact with Department members. The Citizens`
Police Academy (C.P.A.) is an 8-week program which gives
community members first-hand information on the role of police
officers in the Rome Police Department.
Gas Prices Drop and Expected to Fall More
- The national average price for gasoline dipped 4 cents last week,
and prices in the southeast fell even further. Pump prices in
Florida, Georgia and Tennessee are down 5 cents compared to last
week, after falling for 18 consecutive days. `Motorists are finally
getting some consistent relief at the pump thanks to declining
oil prices,` said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club
Group. `By this fall, prices could creep closer to levels seen at
the beginning of this year, possibly even below $2 a gallon in
some markets, as long as oil remains low.`
Shorter Campus Minister Leads Team to Ghana
- Summer break is generally a time to rest and recoup after wrapping up another busy academic year, but Shorter University Campus Minister David Roland sees this season a little differently: For him, it’s another great opportunity to help guide college students as they answer the call to spread the Gospel to the far corners of the Earth.
For almost three weeks this summer, Roland worked alongside his wife, Margaret; 2007 Shorter alumnus Peter Faile; and Baptist Collegiate Ministries’ Send Me Now student missionaries from Georgia to serve as Christ’s witness throughout several rural villages in the West African nation of Ghana.
100 Black Men to Host Annual Health Fair
- The 100 Black Men of Rome-Northwest Georgia will host their 14th annual Health Initiative for Men on August 15 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Floyd County Health Department at 16 E. 12th St. The free event offers vision checks, diabetes screenings, cholesterol checks, skin cancer screenings, nodular neck exams, prostate cancer screenings, stroke and blood pressure checks, HIV screenings, dental exams, foot and wound care and colorectal cancer screenings.
Bartow County Sheriffs Office get Pay Raise
- Bartow County officials approved a 6 percent pay increase for the local Sheriff`s Office. According to County Administrator Peter Olson, `Our County was having issues with losing experienced officers to neighboring counties such as Cobb, Cherokee and Gordon Counties.
Police Identify 3 People Killed in I20 Wreck
- Authorities identified three people killed in a single car crash on Interstate 20 in east Georgia over the weekend. The wreck occurred early Sunday morning near the Warren County-Taliaferro County line, when a Scion left the interstate and struck three trees, tearing the vehicle in two.
Police Issue Safe Driving in School Zone Warning
- The Rome Police Department is reminding drivers to be alert and use caution when traveling in school zones and around school buses and bus stops now that the school year is once again beginning. Patrol officers as well as Selective Enforcement Unit Motorcycle Officers normally patrol these areas as part of their regular duties and they are now preparing for an aggressive increase in enforcement actions against motorists who commit school zone/school bus violations. Officers will be targeting specific violations for speeding and improper passing of a school bus. The Rome Police Department is reminding drivers that Georgia Law requires vehicles to stop when overtaking or meeting a stopped school bus that is loading or unloading passengers. Although most of the city school transportation is handled by transit buses, there are still plenty of school buses that travel throughout the city.
Graves Co-Sponsors Bill to Allow Military to Carry
- Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement today
after co-sponsoring the Enhancing Safety at Military
Installations Act, which requires the Department of Defense to
issue a directive allowing military personnel who have received
firearms training to carry military-issued firearms on base and
at recruiting centers:
Lumsden to Serve on Legislative Insurance Panel
- Rep. Eddie Lumsden (R-Armuchee) has been appointed to serve on a special legislative committee that will examine the process of obtaining life insurance. He will serve on the state House of Representatives Study Committee on Life Insurance Consumer Disclosures. The committee will look into the disclosures people receive when buying insurance and focus on making them more understandable. The committee is expected to meet before next year`s General Assembly session.
Loudermilk Sponsors Bill to Restore Accountabilty
- Rep. Loudermilk (R-GA) issued the following statement today after co-sponsoring H.R. 3118, the CFPB Repeal Act. This legislation would eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created under the Dodd-Frank Act.
Isakson Urges Access to Affordable Retirement
- U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, this week urged the administration rethink its proposed investment and retirement savings regulation, known as the fiduciary rule, arguing that the regulation would add burdensome red tape that would limit access to low-cost financial education and guidance services.
Graves Co-Sponsors Legislation Opposing Iran Deal
- Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) on Monday issued the following
statement after co-sponsoring H. Res. 367, which expresses
opposition to the Iran nuclear weapons agreement, `The nuclear
weapons agreement the Obama administration struck with Iran is a
bad deal. It puts the United States, Israel and free societies
around the world at risk by allowing Iran – a nation that already
can’t be trusted – to purchase arms after five years, ballistic
missiles after eight years and develop nuclear weapons after the
deal sunsets in 10 to 15 years.`
Lt. Gov Awards Charter System Innovation Award
- Lt. Governor Casey Cagle recently hosted the first annual
Georgia Charter System Foundation Award luncheon in Dunwoody.
Putnam County Schools was one of 11 charter systems nominated
and received the award of Comcast’s Charter System Innovation
Award and $10,000 to assist in their continued success.
Here are a few fun facts to save a little more at your local grocer:
Set a dollar limit before going shopping. Keep track of how much you are spending as you go and you`ll be more likely to stick to it.
Make a grocery list and-again-stick to it. Buying only what is on the list will keep you from buying things you don`t need.
Avoid buying nonfood items like batteries, medicine, and cleaning products at the supermarket, where you`ll probably pay more than at a discount store.
Plan your weekly meals before grocery shopping. Base your meals around specials and coupons to save money.
Don`t grocery shop on an empty stomach. You could end up buying more than you need.
Shoppers making a `quick trip` to the store to pick up a few specific items usually purchase 54 percent more than they planned. Try to do your grocery shopping one time per week or month, whatever works best for you and your family. You won`t be tempted to buy things you don`t need.
Buying groceries and household items in bulk can be helpful to save money in the long term, but be careful to only buy items that can be used before their expiration date.
To find the best deals on items, look at the unit price to find out if you are really saving money.
Stay on the perimeter of the store to avoid most processed and packaged foods that cost more. You`ll save money and calories!
Doing your own prep work when you cook saves money. Pre-chopped vegetables, pre-marinated meats, and pre-grated cheese usually cost more.
Buy produce items in season. This is a great season for lots of produce, so prices are lower this time of year.
Look for items on the top or bottom of shelves-that is where the best deals are hiding!
Norcross Police Find Dead Bodies in Home
- Norcross police said that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has launched an investigation into the deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were found inside a home on Norcross-Tucker Road Monday. Norcross police spokesman Bill Grogan said that a man cutting grass flagged down an officer and said he smelled something coming from the home.
Elderly Woman Shot and Killed in Atlanta
- Police are searching for a suspect who shot and killed an 81 year-old woman who was sitting on her porch Monday in northwest Atlanta. Reports said that Mildred Martin was shot while playing cards with neighbors at her house.
Body Found in Creek near NWGA Camp Site
- Northwest Georgia authorities are seeking answers after the body of Alicia Greene, 38, was found in Holly Creek in Murray County over the weekend. Reports said that her body was discovered by a passer-by near a campsite in the Chattahoochee National Forest.
Water Advisory Lifted for DeKalb County Residents
- The water boil advisory issued by DeKalb County was lifted on Monday. The county`s 722,000 residents were advised not to drink tap water unless they boiled it for one minute for a few days. The advisory came after a brush mower collided with a fire hydrant last Thursday. The collision caused damage to the entire water system.
Three Charged with Assalting Man, Shooting Dog
- Hall County authorities have arrested three people, 52-year-old Dwayne Motes, 27-year-old Matthew Motes and 28-year-old Nicholas Motes (a father and two sons) after they were accused of fighting with a 55 year-old man and then shooting his dog.
Hokes Bluff Man Charged on Sex w/ 14 Year-old
- An Etowah County man was arrested and charged in connection to
sexual abuse of a 14 year-old victim, according to Sheriff Todd
Entrekin. Skylar Greyson Copeland, 22, of Hokes Bluff, was
arrested Monday and is charged with one count of second degree
rape and one count of second degree sodomy, both are felonies.
Deputies Recue 2 Lost in High Falls
- DeKalb County, AL, Sheriff Jimmy Harris reports that early Monday
morning DeKalb County Sheriff`s Office received a call about two
missing in High Falls. DeKalb County Deputies, Geraldine Police
Department, Geraldine Rescue Squad, Grove Oak Fire, State
Troopers and State Troopers Helicopter all responded to High
Falls. The trooper helicopter located the victims along the
creek at 4:28 am. The officers and Geraldine Rescue went into
the woods down to the creek and located the victims. When the
victims were brought out at 5:17 am they stated that they had
started fishing at Highway 227 and was walking down Town Creek
toward High Falls and got lost.
Ga Ports Achieve Record Numbers in FY15
- The Georgia Ports Authority moved a record 3.66 million
twenty-foot equivalent container units in Fiscal Year 2015, an
increase of more than half a million TEUs. `The deepwater ports
of Savannah and Brunswick are cornerstones of Georgia`s success,
and major factors in creating new jobs and prosperity across the
state,` said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. `The wave of economic
impact created by our logistics network supports virtually every
industry, from manufacturing and agriculture to mining,
distribution, technology and transportation.`
Teaching Conservation Grant at a Glance
- The Nongame Conservation Section of the Georgia Department of
Natural Resources is offering a $1,000 grant to a third-,
fourth- or fifth-grade public or private school teacher in
Georgia who demonstrates exceptional energy and innovation in
teaching life sciences. The grant is possible thanks to support
from The Environmental Resource Network, or TERN, friends group
of DNR Nongame Conservation.
New Solar Facility Approved for Marine Base in GA
- The Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) has
approved the construction of a new 46 megawatt (MW) solar facility at the Marine Corps
Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia. The Commission approval follows a Memorandum of
Understanding between the U.S. Navy and Georgia Power Company with the aim of furthering
the Marine Corps’ renewable energy, climate action and energy security goals. This is the fifth
solar facility that will be constructed at Georgia military bases as a result of the partnership
between the Commission, Georgia Power and the U.S. Department of Defense. Contracts for solar
facilities at Fort Gordon, Fort Stewart, Fort Benning and the Kings’ Bay Naval Submarine Base
have already been approved. Georgia Power will construct all of these projects and as with the
other self-build projects, the Marine Corps project will be completed by the end of 2016 and have
a 35 year life.
Small Child Drowns in Lake Sinclair
- Authorities confirmed that A 3-year-old boy drowned at a family gathering at central Georgia`s Lake Sinclair over the weekend. Reports said that the child Aiden Elliott of Phenix City, Alabama was playing with several children late Saturday afternoon when he fell off a raft and into the lake near Milledgeville.
Ga Division of Aging Services Has Data Breach
- Georgia`s Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services announced that close to 3,000 clients in the Community Care Services Program has been the subject of an unauthorized disclosure of their protected health information. The Department said that they identified the cause of the issue, which involved the inadvertent disclosure of certain health diagnoses of affected program participants through an email to a contracted provider, and resolved it.
Darlington Football Star Picks Virginia Tech
- Darlington School`s Patrick Kearns has committed to play football for Virginia Tech. The 6- foof 5, 270 pound 3-star offensive lineman had listed Georgia Tech as one of his finalists earlier this month. Kearns also had considered Kentucky and North Carolina State out of around 20 football scholarship offers, including Florida.
Historic Clocktower 5k Race: The Place to Be on August 15th
- For the 30th year, walkers and runners will descend upon downtown Rome to participate in The Gary Tillman Memorial Clocktower 5K Road Race and 2-Mile Health Walk benefitting The Exchange Club Family Resource Center (www.exchangeclubfrc.org).
Underground Tours of Rome next Friday
- Mark Cochran of Cevian Design Lab is hosting TWO Underground
Tours of Rome on Friday, July 31, at 5:30 and 7:30 pm as a
fundraiser for his team in the Rome Celebrity Dance Challenge.
Tickets are $18 and only 200 tickets are available. They may be
purchased at the CVB (caboose) or by calling 706-295-5576.
Proceeds will go to the Sexual Assault Center of NWGA and count
as votes for Teach Cochran in the Amanda Corbin Allstate Rome
Celebrity Dance Challenge.