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Friday 08/29/2014
Crescent City train car renovation chugging along
Posted: August 29, 2014

DALTON, Ga. (AP) — Renovations on the Crescent City train car could be complete come January or February if donated funds come through to finish the project, Kathryn Sellers and work crew manager Mike Brown said.

Brought to Dalton in 1970 by two men who wanted to use it as an office, the train sat on the south end of town for 30 years before it was eventually given to the city, Sellers said. She took an interest in putting together a renovation project when a mutual acquaintance put her in contact with Brown, who works for Tennessee Valley Railroad.

The train car, built in 1949, was originally a luxury passenger car for Southern Railway VIPs in its day. Sellers said she hopes to return it to its former glory and use it as an educational and tourism tool for Dalton.

The car was part of the Southern Crescent passenger service that ran from New York City to New Orleans. The Pullman club car includes two bedrooms and one master bedroom/lounge area.

Sellers said renovations are coming along quickly. Crew members are currently in phase one, Brown said. Once phase one is done, all windows will be new, lights will be working and the floor in the lounge will be complete, he said. He added that they currently have two men rebuilding a railroad air conditioner unit for the car.

Brown said phase one should be done by the end of October.

"We are replacing the structure that is damaged and it will be as structurally strong as it was the day it was built," Brown said.

Sellers said they received a grant from the Mashburn Trust for $75,000, which was matched by the city of Dalton for a total of $150,000 for renovations. However, Brown said the initial estimate was $220,000 to $250,000 but due to unexpected damage, it looks like restoration costs will come in just under $300,000.

To complete renovations, Sellers said they will need to make up the rest of the costs.

Brown said crew members have been brought it from many states, including Florida, West Virginia and Maryland, who have experience and interest in railroads. He said the renovations will be done so that the train could be used as a functioning and mobile car if that purpose ever arises.

Sellers said there are a lot of possibilities for what the train can bring to Dalton. She said it could serve as an educational tool for children and anybody who is interested in railroads. It also could add to the railroad tourism already established in Dalton, she said, adding it also could be rented for meetings, viewings, parties or even as a bed and breakfast.

Sellers added she also wants to see the train bring a piece of history to Dalton.

"It will just be cool for people to be able to see what train passenger service was in the 1950s and 1960s. Since we don't have that in the Southeast, people are not familiar with how prevalent it was during that time and they need to be able to see what it was like," she said.

To make all this a possibility, Sellers said they are looking for someone, or several people, to invest or donate the remaining $150,000 needed.

"It can be a wonderful asset for the city for tourism and for education," she said. "The return on the investment could be great."

The exterior renovations are almost completed, Brown said, and in the next several phases the crew will be focusing on electric, plumbing, floor repairs, individual room repairs and lastly, decor.

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Information from: The Daily Citizen, http://www.daltondailycitizen.com

Woman told police she was kidnapped
Updated: August 31, 2014 - 7:50 am

Police were sent to Treat Mountain Road to help a woman who claimed she was kidnapped.

September First Friday in Downtown Cartersville Kid’s activities, farmers market vendors and free concert
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 1:43 pm

CARTERSVILLE – The Cartersville Downtown Development Authority invites you to the September First Friday event, “Buy Fresh, Buy Local.” Sponsored by Cartersville Medical Center, the event will take place on Friday, September 5th, at Friendship Plaza in historic downtown Cartersville.

Fort Oglethorpe hospital trims losses
Posted: August 29, 2014

Coaches will tell you that while a loss is a loss, some losses are less painful than others.

Ironman rolling through Walker County on Sept. 28
Posted: August 29, 2014

The bicycle portion of Ironman Chattanooga will bring more than 2,400 bicyclists to Walker County on Sunday, Sept. 28. The route will include a 56 mile loop in the Flintstone, Chickamauga, and Cove areas of the community including GA 193 and 341.

Cedartown faces challenges with mentally ill on streets
Posted: August 29, 2014

Cedartown has a unique challenge in dealing with the mentally ill.

Thursday 08/28/2014
Gunshots reported on Branch Road
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 1:20 pm

A Branch Road resident reported gunshots on Aug. 15, according to Polk County Police Department reports.

Rome seeking police, firefighters; agencies combat perceptions of low pay, declining interest
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Full-time positions are available for those looking to be responsible for enforcing the laws and protecting life and property.

5 apply for Rome superintendent spot; more applications slowly coming in
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 1:20 pm

While only five applications for the Rome City Schools superintendent position have been received so far, officials said the search is in good shape.

Teen pregnancy rate drops in Floyd County to a little more than half of 2006 level
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 11:16 am

Data released by Northwest Georgia Public Health shows teen pregnancy rates in Floyd County are on the decline — falling another 2 percent over the course of the report’s most-recently studied year.

Locally made film ‘Blind Tiger’ to be screened in Cedartown Aug. 28
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 11:16 am

Every town has its myths. In Bluffton, Alabama, myth takes the form of a man — a presumed legendary bootlegger named William Anderson “Bell Tree” Smith. An entrepreneur, shrewd businessman and infamous purveyor of fine, illegal spirits, Smith’s legend has been told and re-told throughout the region for more than a hundred years, far outlasting even the town in which he sold his wares. But every man, especially one of myth, has his contradictions.  

Deal: Rome, Cartersville and 11 other cities awarded for outstanding achievement
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 1:49 am

Rome has a way of advertising the zombie apocalypse.

Tellus geologist says natural gas drilling in Coosa Valley waiting for higher prices
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama could well be the hot spot for future natural gas drilling.

Wednesday 08/27/2014
Georgia State Patrol will be out in force Labor Day weekend
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 2:19 pm

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer and one of the heaviest traveled holiday periods of the year.

Homicide victim's mother raises money in honor of son
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 4:36 pm

As the foursome charged in connection with the death of a Calhoun man prepare for a court appearance, the mother of the alleged victim is raising money in her son’s honor.

Former Roman pleads guilty in 1987 stabbing death of 77-year-old Ohio woman
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 2:25 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A woman arrested last year in Georgia for a 1987 Ohio stabbing has pleaded guilty to a murder charge and been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

Father and son charged in child molestation investigation
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 6:02 am

Two men were arrested on charges stemming from an ongoing child molestation investigation, according to Polk County Police Department (PCPD) official.

Hospitals in Georgia struggling to survive
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 9:02 am

Elbert Memorial Hospital has served its northeast Georgia county for more than 60 years.

Aragon officials look to "save our city"
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 10:44 am

Aragon officials exhibit a new determination to “save our city” and make hard financial decisions – even after learning there would be no “straw vote” for city residents during the November election.

Foreclosure sale of 6 acres on Riverside Parkway won’t affect Chieftains Museum
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 10:45 am

Rome’s Greater Community Bank will conduct a foreclosure sale Sept. 2 for a little over six acres formerly owned by Chieftains Museum Inc., a nonprofit organization dissolved earlier this year.