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Wednesday 07/23/2014
Teachers get 10 percent savings at Walmart’s Teachers’ Savings Event July 25-31
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 1:24 pm

For the first time ever, Walmart is offering teachers across the country 10 percent savings on classroom supplies. The retailer announced the teacher-exclusive savings event as data shows 53 percent of teachers received less in funding last year. Walmart has donated more than $20 million to U.S. educators in the last five years.

Man killed by police had 'extensive criminal history'
Posted: July 23, 2014

The man shot and killed Tuesday by an Adairsville police officer had an extensive criminal history, including violence, Adairsville Police Department Lt. Matt Fowler said.

LG Hausys to build new auto parts factory in Calhoun; 50 jobs
Posted: July 23, 2014

South Korea’s largest provider of construction and building materials has announced it will build another facility in Gordon County, creating 50 jobs.

Cell phone photo helps deputies nab burglar
Posted: July 23, 2014

A cell phone photo gave Gordon County authorities the in-formation they needed to catch an alleged burglar.

Smith wins Gordon County school board seat
Posted: July 23, 2014

Ricky E. Smith unofficially beat Maurice Jones for the Gordon County Board of Education Post 7 seat.

Fairmount man, 20, killed by horse in ‘tragic accident’
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 10:08 am

Family, friends and a community are mourning the loss of a Fairmount man killed Saturday by a horse.

Charles Townsend
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 2:56 pm

Mr. Charles Gregory Townsend, 20, of Fairmount, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Gordon Hospital.  

Ora Gilbert
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Mrs. Ora Mozelle Foster Gilbert, age 94 of Calhoun, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014 at Gordon Health Care. 

Joan Bowman
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Miss Joan Elizabeth Bowman, age 65 of Cohutta, Georgia formerly of Rockmart, Georgia passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014.

Kenneth Proctor
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 2:55 pm

Kenneth Ray Proctor, age 71 of Calhoun, passed away on July 20, 2014 at his residence after a year of declining health.

James Satterfield
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 2:55 pm

Mr. James Ivan Satterfield, 55, of Joe Frank Harris Parkway, Adairsville, went home to be with his Lord and savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

Henry Hammonds
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 2:54 pm

Mr. Henry Jack Hammonds of Calhoun, GA, passed away July 17, 2014 peacefully at home after 2 years of declining health.

Benjamin (Harry) West
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 2:54 pm

Benjamin Harrison (Harry) West passed away Monday, July 14, 2014, at the age of 72. 

UPDATE: Adairsville officer on administrative leave after fatal shooting
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 2:02 am

An Adairsville police officer is on administrative leave after authorities say he fatally shot a man during an early Tuesday traffic stop.

Plainville man charged with possession of hydrocodone, driving under influence
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 11:45 pm

A Plainville man was arrested after allegedly driving under the influence of multiple drugs, police reported.

Tuesday 07/22/2014
Perdue defeats Kingston in Georgia Senate runoff
Posted: July 22, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in a Republican runoff for Georgia's U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a general election matchup against Democrat Michelle Nunn.

On Tuesday night, unofficial returns showed Perdue with a lead of more than 6,000 votes, with about 93 percent of precincts reporting.

Perdue is a former corporate CEO making his first bid for public office. He campaigned as an outsider and called Kingston a career politician who has done little to solve the nation's problems.

Kingston is an 11-term congressman from Savannah.

The Perdue-Nunn race will be one of the most critical matchups of the November midterm elections.

Republicans need six more seats to win Senate control for the final two years of President Barack Obama's administration. The GOP cannot afford to lose Chambliss' seat.

GDOL to co-sponsor career expo at Ringgold High School tomorrow
Posted: July 22, 2014

Press Release

Man kept from jumping off Cartersville bridge
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 5:56 pm

Chief Thomas Culpepper of the Cartersville Police Department has advised that officers of the Department responded this afternoon to a call regarding a man threatening to jump from the Church Street bridge. 

Catoosa Sheriff’s Office releases sketch of wanted burglar
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 9:53 am

The Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two men they believe are linked to two burglaries that occurred about 24 hours apart last week, and have released a sketch of one of the men.

5 Things To Know About Georgia's Runoff Election
Posted: July 22, 2014

Voters across Georgia will decide 21 primary runoff races during balloting Tuesday, including a high-profile Republican Senate contest between U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue. Here are five things to know about Tuesday's election.

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U.S. SENATE RACE GETS TOP BILLING

The retirement of U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss set off a scramble to win the Republican nomination for his seat. Senate seats are among the most coveted jobs in politics since senators enjoy the national prominence that comes with setting federal policy and face re-election less frequently than governors or members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue were the top finishers in a crowded Republican primary in May. The winner of Tuesday's Republican runoff will face Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn and Libertarian Amanda Swafford in November's general election.

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THREE GEORGIA CONGRESSIONAL SEATS ON RUNOFF BALLOTS

Three Georgia congressmen — Kingston, Paul Broun of Athens and Phil Gingrey of Marietta — all vacated their House seats to run for a promotion to the Senate. Republican primaries for each open seat were so crowded that the GOP nominations must be settled by the top two finishers in the Tuesday runoff.

In southeast Georgia's 1st District, state Sen. Buddy Carter of Pooler faces Bob Johnson, a Savannah surgeon backed by local tea party groups. The winner will be the GOP nominee to succeed Kingston, who held the seat for 22 years.

In northeast Georgia's 10th District, minister and conservative talk radio host Jody Hice of Monroe has tried to position himself as the ideological successor to Broun, whose fundamentalist Christian views played a big part in how he voted in Congress. Hice faces Mike Collins of Jackson, a trucking company owner who wouldn't be the first member of his family to serve in the House. His father is former Republican Rep. Mac Collins.

Former Republican congressman Bob Barr of Smyrna, who helped lead the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, is seeking a comeback in Gingrey's 11th District seat north of Atlanta. He's had stiff competition from state Sen. Barry Loudermilk of Cassville, a tea party-backed candidate who finished the May 20 primary more than 6,000 votes ahead of Barr.

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GOP RUNOFF WINNERS WILL HAVE A BIG ADVANTAGE IN FALL CONGRESSIONAL RACES

Each of the three U.S. House seats on Georgia runoff ballots was drawn to give Republican voters a steep advantage. That means whoever wins those GOP runoffs Tuesday will be strongly favored to become the districts' next congressmen.

For example, the 1st District being vacated by Kingston is the most competitive of the three seats. Mitt Romney carried it by roughly 55 percent in the 2012 presidential race. That's good news for whoever wins the Buddy Carter-Bob Johnson showdown in the GOP runoff.

No Democrat is even bothering to run in Gingrey's 11th District, which Romney carried by about 66 percent in 2012. That means the GOP runoff winner on Tuesday — whether it's Bob Barr or Barry Loudermilk — essentially gets a free pass to Washington in November.

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DEMOCRATS HAVEN'T GIVEN UP ON CONGRESSIONAL SEATS

Not all Democrats have thrown in the towel when it comes to Georgia's three open congressional seats. Democratic runoff voters in southeast Georgia's 1st District still need to pick a nominee between Amy Tavio, a real estate agent from Savannah suburb Richmond Hill, and UPS supervisor Brian Reece from Savannah. Voters were split evenly — about one-third per candidate — between them and another rival Democrat in the May 20 primary.

The GOP runoff winner in Broun's 10th District will face Democrat Ken Dious of Athens — the only non-Republican to run for the seat — in the fall election.

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OPEN RACE FOR GEOGRIA'S STATE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT

In another statewide race, voters must pick Republican and Democratic nominees for state school superintendent.

The incumbent, Republican John Barge, decided not seek re-election and instead failed in his attempt to challenge incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal in the Republican primary. That opened a general race for Georgia's top education official. Republican Michael Buck, chief academic officer for the state Department of Education, and Richard Woods, a longtime educator in Irwin County, are running in the Republican runoff, while state Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan and former Decatur School Board Chairwoman Valarie Wilson are competing in the Democratic contest.

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