The Floyd County District Attorney's Office has the findings of a GBI investigation into the shooting death of a Cedar town woman by law enforcement officers and will take it under review.
District Attorney Leigh Patterson said there is no announcement to be made at this time from her office concerning the GBI case file, which was delivered there at the end of June.
The details released by the GBI on May 7, the day of the shooting, indicated 55-yearold Kimberley Rae McCann fired at police after crashing in to several patrol vehicles at the intersection of U.S. 411 and Ga. Loop 1 during a chase. She was killed by the gunfire returned by four officers, marking, at that time, the 11th officer-involved shooting in Georgia over an 11-day span.
On the day of the shooting, McCann was speeding through a school zone in Cave Spring when an officer attempted a traffic stop. But she did not stop and a chase began.
McCann was struck multiple times by gunfire from Floyd County police officers Leonard Whaley and Chris Shelley, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jamie Mitchell and Floyd County Sheriff's Deputy Devin Womack, according to Greg Ramey, the special agent in charge at the Region 1 office in Calhoun. She fired at least a single shot at law enforcement officers, he continued, and was hit by return fire while inside her truck, which she never got out of.
There were two handguns in her red Toyota pickup truck, a semiautomatic pistol and a revolver, Ramey said.
The GBI investigation did look at the
mental health status of McCann at the time of the shooting.
There were two incidents with Polk County police the day before the shooting when McCann displayed erratic behavior in dealing with officers, including verbal confrontations and having delusions police were out to get here, reports stated.
A representative from the Veterans Affairs crisis line told a Polk County police sergeant McCann had called and expressed a desire to commit suicide, also saying she had a mental disorder.
The Rome City Commission is expected to appoint new directors tonight for the human resources department and Walker Mountain Landfill.
The positions have been vacant for much of the summer, when Rita Odom retired as head of the HR department and Mike Gattis retired from overseeing landfill operations.
Officials are still sifting through applications to lead Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful after Mary Hardin Thornton stepped down for a job in the private sector. Assistant City Manager Patrick Eidson said they received 36 resumes by the deadline.
"We're culling them now and making an interview list ... A lot of highly qualified individuals have applied," he told members of the joint development oversight committee.
Commissioners caucus at 5 p.m. and start their regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. at
City Hall, 601 Broad St. Both sessions are public.
A contingent of representatives from local health organizations is expected to attend the caucus to advocate for a city-wide smoking ban. If the board lends its support, the next step would be for the city attorney to draft an ordinance. Legislation would need two public readings before it could be enacted.
Second readings — and votes to adopt — are scheduled tonight for two amendments to the city's nuisance ordinance targeting motels, convenience stores and other buildings that appear to be hotspots for criminal activity. Commissioners said they are trying to address repeat reports of drug sales, prostitution and gambling.
The board also is slated to debate and possibly vote on an ordinance setting a curfew for children under the age of 17. The draft amendment would penalize unsupervised children and their parents if they're out between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
The proposed ordinance contains exceptions for children traveling home from events such as school trips, religious activities and jobs.
Not on the board's agenda is the award of a contract to improve Honeysuckle Ridge in the Chulio Hills subdivision — although Commissioners could vote to add it if staffers bring a recommendation.
Public Works Director Chris Jenkins said Romebased Spriggs Construction Co. submitted the sole bid, at $827,340.50. The 2013 special purpose, local option sales tax package contains $800,000 for the project, which would also provide a back entrance to the subdivision.
From promoting a STEAM academy for sixth graders to collaborating with principals to create school improvement plans the newest members of the Rome City Schools central office staff are putting plans together for the school year.
"I have the most exciting new job this year," JoAnn Moss the director of development and special projects said. "One of the first projects I will be working on is the design of the new sixth grade STEAM Academy."
The new STEAM Academy will be located on the North Heights Elementary School campus. STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
Once the new Main Elementary School is completed students from North Heights will move to the new facility. The new school is projected to be finished by fall of 2020.
North Heights will then begin its transformation into the new sixth grade STEAM Academy where all of the city's sixth grade students will attend classes.
"It is a stand alone, high tech, 21st Century school for all sixth graders," Moss, the former principal of Elm Street Elementary, said.
"This isn't an establishment for magnet groups; every sixth grade student in Rome City Schools will attend this academy before they move on to middle school."
As the former principal of West End Elementary, Buffi Murphy isn't much of a new face to schools in Rome — although she is taking a new role.
As the new professional learning specialist, Murphy will be working with all of the district principals and their school improvement plans.
She will be looking at collaborative ways to derive professional learning plans for the teachers to increase student achievement, parent and family engagement, and to create a culture of student success.
"This is an exciting role for me because I have been teaching and in school administration for a long time," she said. "It's a wonderful opportunity to be able to mentor other principals and help to develop the leadership skills that make Rome City Schools such a great place to work and learn."
Another former principal was promoted to the head of director of school improvement.
Leslie Dixon will be leaving her seven-year position as principal at West Central Elementary and her new position encompasses many responsibilities — including federal funding.
Title I programs focus on at-risk students, Title II address professional learning and assuring teachers are highly qualified, Title III programs assist students who are learning English as a second language and Title IV programs provide educational opportunities for the system's homeless population.
"There are certain qualifications the Rome City Schools have to meet and this enables the school system to use the funds responsibly at the school level for the betterment of the students," said Dixon.
In planning for her new transition, she has been meeting with principals from each school, and talking to them about their school improvement plans and ways she can help each school achieve their goals.
"I'm meeting with each them individually to offer my help and my assistance. A lot of focus has been on our newer principals and trying to help them understand the programs that are available to their students," Dixon said.
With school for Rome and Floyd County kicking off amidst the dog days of summer, students returned to new HVAC units installed and the comfort of cool air.
For Rome City Schools, all of its elementary school gyms now have air conditioning for the first time. The $963,074 HVAC project was funded by the current 1-cent education local option sales tax.
Floyd County Schools also completed the installation of HVAC units on the gyms at three schools: Glenwood Primary, Garden Lakes Elementary and Pepperell Elementary. The project cost around $469,800. Old equipment was also replaced at Coosa High, Cave Spring Elementary and Model Elementary.
The largest HVAC project was at Pepperell High, where a new system was installed for approximately $3.7 million, also funded by ELOST. The system was eligible to receive just over $1.5 million in state capital outlay funding, which reimburses the system after it pays the project cost up front.
Overall, the HVAC work across the Floyd County school system ran about $4.38 million.
Another large project for Floyd County Schools was the installation of a new
press box at the Model High football stadium, running $245,257, which came out of $2 million that board of education previously allotted for athletic improvements across the system.
Other summer projects finished at Floyd County schools include new media center flooring at Coosa Middle as well as Alto Park, Armuchee and Pepperell elementary schools. The project cost was $67,365, and was funding by ELOST.
Also, eight schools had security atriums, the addition of another set of doors to separate the main entrance from access to the rest of a school, installed for $169,907, another ELOST project.
Additional summer projects were the conversion to LED lights in some rooms at four schools; the remodeling of a home economics classroom at Coosa Middle into a special education restroom; freezer replacements at three schools; replacement kitchen equipment; and the restriping of parking lots. These projects cost around $177,579.
Today's artwork is by Camden Blankenship, a student at Pepperell Primary School