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Tuesday 08/19/2014
Arraignment postponed for former Calhoun High students
Updated: August 20, 2014 - 12:20 am

The arraignments for three recent Calhoun High School graduates charged with aggravated sexual battery and other charges have been continued until September, the Gilmer County Superior Court clerk’s office said.
The arraignments were scheduled for Tuesday.
Motions seeking to disqualify the Dalton law firm of McCamy, Phillips, Tuggle & Fordham LLP from the case and concerning “extrajudicial” comments — comments outside the court setting — were also continued until September. No specific date was available.
A member of the McCamy firm, Steve Williams, represents defendant Andrew Haynes. Another member of the firm, Sam Sanders, represents Rhett Harper who was at the post-prom party at an Ellijay cabin on May 10 following which a woman reported she was raped by “multiple guys,” which led to the charges. Harper was not charged.
Williams and Sanders both declined to comment on the motions. Jesse Vaughn, an attorney for defendant Avery Johnson, also declined to comment on the motions.
Haynes and Fields Benjamin Chapman, both of Calhoun, and Johnson of Dalton, were reindicted by a grand jury on Aug. 5 on aggravated sexual battery and sexual battery charges. Additional charges of aggravated battery and public indecency were added in the re-indictment.
Johnson was indicted at that time on a sodomy charge that was attributed to Haynes in the original indictment.
In addition to the sodomy charge, Johnson is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery, five counts of aggravated battery, two counts of sexual battery and three counts of public indecency.
Haynes is charged with four counts of aggravated sexual battery, five counts of aggravated battery, two counts of sexual battery and one count of public indecency.
Chapman is charged with four counts of aggravated sexual battery, five counts of aggravated battery, two counts of sexual battery, a count of sodomy and a count of public indecency.
Chapman is charged in a separate case with 28 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Kelley receives perfect voting record score from NFIB
Posted: August 19, 2014

ATLANTA – State Representative Trey Kelley (R-Cedartown) was recently recognized by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) for earning a 100 percent score for his support of small businesses. This score serves as an evaluation of his voting record on key issues during the 2013-2014 legislative term.

Tickets on sale for Saturday Alumni game at CHS
Posted: August 19, 2014

Cedartown High School football alumni are taking the field this Saturday evening against their counterparts at Pepperell High School for the first game between the two alumni programs to raise money for the Bulldogs and Dragons football programs.

Blighted property, panhandling ordinances passed by city commission
Posted: August 19, 2014

The Cedartown City Commission unanimously approved two measures they hope will help clean up the city’s image for residents and customers alike.

Aragon man sentenced to life without parole in 2011 murder of his wife
Updated: August 19, 2014 - 11:05 am

Shay Merritt, the former soldier convicted of murdering his wife Rita Merritt in their Aragon town home, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Rockmart tax rates to be set Sept. 9
Posted: August 19, 2014

Rockmart’s 2014 ad valorem tax millage rate will be set at a meeting of the city council on Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the Municipal Complex at 300 North Piedmont Avenue.

Tuesday forecast: chance of rain midday, high 88
Posted: August 19, 2014

Look out for more rain showers today as the National Weather Service calls for wet weather during the middle of the day.

Monday 08/18/2014
Key activist group sees flaws in state health plan
Updated: August 18, 2014 - 4:42 pm

Last week, when upcoming changes in the state employee and teacher health plan were announced, they drew a generally positive response.

Burglar shot during Catoosa County home invasion awaits extradition
Updated: August 18, 2014 - 12:41 pm

A burglar, who was wounded during a home invasion attempt in Catoosa County on Saturday, is now behind bars in Chattanooga awaiting extradition back to Ringgold to answer for his crime.

Police: Man fires a gun in a Calhoun hotel room, almost strikes sleeping 4-year-old child
Updated: August 18, 2014 - 12:48 pm

A Georgia man was arrested Sunday in Calhoun after firing a gun inside a hotel room police say nearly struck a sleeping child.

Rossville woman charged with killing boyfriend
Updated: August 18, 2014 - 11:34 am

A Rossville woman has been arrested for allegedly stabbing and killing her boyfriend Saturday.

Monday forecast: chance of rain, high 89
Posted: August 18, 2014

Another round of showers is possible for Polk County today, but expect cloudy skies and highs up to near 90 for the day according to the National Weather Service regardless of whether we see any wet weather. 

Georgia gas prices show 1.4 cent decrease over the past week
Posted: August 18, 2014

Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 1.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.33/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.45/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Organization looks to tackle underage drinking awareness in Rockmart
Posted: August 18, 2014

An initiative in Rockmart has been underway this summer and continues to help reduce the underage drinking rate, and one man is on a crusade to make sure it happens.

Sunday 08/17/2014
Search on across Northwest Georgia for missing Louisiana couple
Updated: August 17, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Update: Family members are still searching for missing Louisiana couple Demetrius Billiot, 77, and Willie Pearl Billiot, 83.

County to begin work on culverts, roads
Posted: August 17, 2014

Culvert replacement will begin soon on Fish Creek and Lake Creek roads.

Saturday 08/16/2014
Improvements made in Polk EOCT scores, show need for work in math and sciences
Posted: August 16, 2014

Before of the start of school this week, teachers were at the Cedartown Performing Arts Center for the Polk School District’s annual meeting.

Friday 08/15/2014
Intruder shot in Catoosa County home invasion
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 7:44 pm

UPDATE: Marlon Dewayne Jones has been charged with first-degree home invasion and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He has been taken to the Hamilton County, Tenn., jail to await extradition.

Polk School District breakfast and lunch menu for Aug. 18 through 22, 2014
Posted: August 15, 2014

This week's lunch menu for Aug. 18 through 22:

Bartow police believe Tuesday shooting stemmed from argument between shooter, victim
Updated: August 16, 2014 - 1:24 am

Bartow County police say the Tuesday shooting rampage that ended with two men dead stemmed from an argument between the shooter and one of his first victims.

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