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100 Black Men announces 18th annual Health Initiative slated for Saturday

Larry G. Morrow Sr. knows first-hand the importance of various cancer screenings like the ones conducted for free this Saturday at the 18th Annual Health Initiative for Men and Women at the Floyd County Health Department.

“I decided that given my involvement with the 100 Black Men (of Rome-Northwest Georgia) and the initiative over the years, I would be the perfect poster person for prostate exams,” said Morrow, one of the founders of annual health fair that offers a variety of health and wellness tests, as well as educational booths by about 40 vendors.

In 2011 at the age of 64, Morrow discovered through a prostate exam offered by the initiative that his prostate-specific antigen — or PSA — number had almost doubled over the previous year.

This was a clear red flag for the retired Norfolk Southern Corp. manager.

“Sure enough, I had a tumor,” he said earlier this week. “My prostate was 2% cancerous. It was in the early stages, so I was able to have about 20 radiation treatments and now I’m cancer free since 2011.”

Morrow said he loves to tell his story to other African American men in the hopes of inspiring them to keep a close check on their health. According to medical statistics, African American men are 1.7 times more likely to develop prostate cancer than white men.

However, Morrow and the chapter president of 100 Black Men, Rayford Horne, see the annual event as a way to raise awareness about the importance of health screenings for all Floyd County residents.

“This event could potentially save lives across our community,” said Horne, who has been involved with the effort for seven years now. “It’s an event you don’t want to miss.”

Morrow, who said he’s been encouraged by the annual return of many men at the fair, said it’s usually men in general who are resistant to getting check-ups. He said he hopes that by serving women for the fourth year now, as well, that will help convince the men in their lives to attend.

“Men just don’t want to do this for themselves,” he said. “Women can get them to come in.”

The Floyd Mobile Mammography Unit also will be on hand at the event at 16 E. 12th St. from 8 a.m. to noon. Appointments are first come, first served and can be made by calling 706-509-6840 and choosing “option 1.”

Bernice Silva, who helps coordinate the event, stressed that although there are only 25 slots available for the mammograms and as of Monday there were only a few appointments left, many times Floyd staff will allow participants at the fair to still have a free screening at a later date.

“I do believe this event makes a difference,” Silva said.

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Bartow deputy dismissed, arrested after off-duty confrontation

A Bartow County deputy who was allegedly involved in an off-duty disturbance has been terminated and arrested.

According to Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap:

Former deputy Brison Strickland, 28, became involved in an off-duty disturbance at his home on Saturday night. A woman contacted Strickland and his fiance Kristen Smith, 25, at their door over a complaint of being loud and disorderly after midnight.

The woman recorded the contact on her cellphone and during the exchange, Strickland and Smith were verbally abusive and made several claims to be police officers and used explicit language in threatening manners.

The woman then filed a report with the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office about the confrontation.

Millsap stated his office was notified about the incident on Monday morning and Strickland was immediately suspended pending further investigation.

Once the investigation was completed on Tuesday, Strickland was terminated by the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office.

He and Smith are both charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct.

Police: Georgia woman charged in baby’s death during fight

MOULTRIE, Ga. (AP) Police in Georgia say another woman has been charged in the July death of a 3-month-old baby, who was dropped and fatally injured during a fight.

WALB-TV reports 30-year-old Terra Shanquelle Brown turned herself in Sunday and was charged with second-degree murder, second-degree child cruelty and affray.

Moultrie Police Lt. Freddie Williams says a then-pregnant Brown started fighting with Karen Lashun Harrison, who was holding her 3-month-old. Williams says Harrison dropped the baby and the 3-month-old later died from a head injury.

Williams says Harrison initially told police the baby fell from family friend Carneata Clark’s arms and Clark corroborated the story. Harrison was charged with felony murder, cruelty to children and simple battery. Clark was charged with false statements and obstruction of an officer.

It’s unclear whether Brown has an attorney.


Information from: WALB-TV,

GNTC names Selena Magnusson and Lisa Shaw as new vice presidents

Georgia Northwestern Technical College has named Selena Magnusson of Chickamauga the new vice president of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success and Lisa Shaw of Chatsworth the new vice president of adult education, according to a press release.

Magnusson will fill the role previously held by Heidi Popham, president of GNTC, and Shaw will fill the position previously held by Kerri Hosmer. They will begin their new positions on Aug. 16.

“Selena Magnusson and Lisa Shaw bring years of experience and an incredible passion to their new roles at GNTC,” said Popham. “They will serve as critical members of the college’s leadership team focused on improving student success across all GNTC sites.”

“Lisa and Selena will lead a team of professionals in the areas of adult education, institutional effectiveness and student success, ensuring GNTC students have the resources necessary to be successful,” Popham said.

Magnusson began her career at GNTC in 1998. As vice president of institutional effectiveness and student success, Magnusson will provide oversight and direction to a wide range of initiatives and programs at all six GNTC campuses.

“I am honored and excited for the opportunity and I hope to add to the college’s ability to focus on its mission and to serve the community,” said Magnusson. “There are great things happening with student success and continuous improvement at the college and I look forward to continuing this work.”

Shaw began her GNTC career in 2014. As vice president of adult education at GNTC, Shaw will be responsible for the management of adult education programs and instructional services at GNTC. She will oversee all GNTC adult education sites located across the northwest Georgia region.

“I am honored to serve in this position,” said Shaw. “Adult education provides an opportunity for students to learn skills that will allow them to compete in the workplace, improve their lives and positively impact their communities.”

Courtesy of Sen. Chuck Hufstetler  

Rome’s Jah’Lia Evans met with (from left) Rep. Eddie Lumsden, R-Armuchee, Gov. Brian Kemp and Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, on Tuesday at the Capitol. The rising Rome High junior topped the competition recently at the USA Track and Field Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships to win the 15-16 girls’ triple jump title at Sacramento State in California.

Rome man held without bond on rape, aggravated assault charges

A Rome man was arrested Monday and charged with felony aggravated assault and rape.

According to Floyd County Jail records:

Vincente Gonzalez-Guarcas, 33, of 2413 Maple Road, is being held without bond on the felony charges, as well as a misdemeanor sexual battery charge.

Four AC units stolen from medical facility

Staff at Rome Internal Medicine reported four air conditioning units worth a total of $20,000 have been stolen at their facility on Three Rivers Drive recently.

According to Rome police reports:

Rome police are studying security tape from Heritage GMC Dealership near the medical office which captures images of a flatbed truck pulling a trailer backing into the lot to steal the equipment.

This occurred sometime between 2 p.m. on Aug. 9 and 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 12.

K.T. McKee, staff writer

Truck wreck blocked Ward Mountain Road

Floyd County Police blocked off a section of Ward Mountain Road Tuesday night responding to a truck that had overturned in a ditch.

According to Floyd County Police reports:

Ward Mountain Road in the area of Potts Road was shut down Tuesday night with a truck that was hauling tens of thousands of pounds of plastics overturned in a ditch on the narrow two-lane road.

The matter was made all the more delicate by concerns that if the truck was moved much at all, it would lose the entire load.

There were no serious injuries related to the wreck and county police had not determined a specific reason for the truck overturning.

Doug Walker, associate editor

Georgia’s Abrams announces new voter protection program

Georgia’s Abrams announces new voter protection program

ATLANTA (AP) Democrat Stacey Abrams, who vaulted onto the national political stage championing voting rights during an unsuccessful 2018 run for Georgia governor, announced on Tuesday that she’s launching a new multistate voter protection initiative and not running for president in 2020.

Abrams revealed plans for the initiative, called Fair Fight 2020, during a speech before a labor union convention in Las Vegas that was livestreamed on Facebook. The multimillion-dollar project will staff and fund voter protection teams in battleground states across the country ahead of next year’s elections.

The announcement follows months of speculation over what Abrams’ next move in politics might be, including whether she’d join the crowded field of 2020 presidential hopefuls as she had mused.

But that notion was put to rest as Abrams expressed optimism that Democrats could make gains in the next election.

“We’re going to win because there are only two things stopping us in 2020: making sure people have a reason to vote and that they have the right to vote. Well I’ve decided to leave it to a whole bunch of other folks to make sure they have a reason to vote,” Abrams said, referring to the field of Democratic candidates.

“But I’m here today to announce Fair Fight 2020 to make sure everyone has the right to vote,” she said.

Abrams spokesman Seth Bringman confirmed that Abrams was not running for president and would instead focus on the new initiative.

Abrams, former minority leader of the Georgia House, faced Republican Brian Kemp during her unsuccessful bid for Georgia governor last year.

Kemp was secretary of state during their race, and Abrams frequently accused him of using his position to suppress votes, especially in minority communities.

Kemp vehemently denied the claim.

Voters in that election reported a myriad of problems casting ballots including malfunctioning voting equipment and long wait times that caused some voters to give up in frustration.

In the days following Kemp’s narrow victory, Abrams refused to concede the race. She quickly founded a political organization that filed a federal lawsuit that said state elections officials “grossly mismanaged” the election in a way that deprived some citizens of their right to vote.

Abrams said her new group will fight “systematic” voter suppression across the country.

A statement from Fair Fight says the initiative will “either directly fund, or assist in raising the funds for, robust voter protection operations, which will be run by Democratic state parties and allies.”

“Fair Fight staff will provide ongoing support to these operations,” it says.

In February, Abrams was tapped to deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address.

A few months later she announced that she would not run in 2020 for the U.S. Senate seat held by incumbent Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue, after being heavily recruited by Senate Democratic leadership to run.

Her decision to remain on the sidelines leaves her as a prime potential vice presidential pick and keeps the door open to a possible 2022 rematch against Kemp.