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Tuesday 07/22/2014
Rome, Floyd County to advance Cave Spring $1 million for work on Fannin Hall
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 1:59 pm

Rome and Floyd County will advance the city of Cave Spring $1 million in special purpose, local option sales tax funds to help finance the restoration of Fannin Hall.

Car Seat Safety Day set for July 30 at Floyd County Health Department
Posted: July 22, 2014

Keeping your child safe is the focus of Car Seat Safety Day.

Kingston man charged with burglary of New Rosedale Road home
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 10:40 am

A Kingston man accused of breaking into a New Rosedale Road home remained in jail Tuesday without bond, Floyd County Jail reports state.

Rome-Floyd parks board to test new basketball court surface; bleacher safety also addressed
Posted: July 22, 2014

The Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority is hoping to get some input from users of the basketball court at Banty Jones Park in East Rome before making improvements to the old concrete surface.

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.

Rome sewer project limited by SPLOST funds; further projects questioned after North Rome work finished
Posted: July 22, 2014

Improvements that will help prevent sewage spills and excess runoff in some North Rome neighborhoods are expected to be done by the end of 2015, according to city Water and Sewer Division Director Leigh Ross.

Floyd County Jail reports July 22, 8 a.m.
Posted: July 22, 2014

The Floyd County Jail releases arrest reports twice a day - 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Adairsville police: Officer involved in fatal early morning shooting, GBI called in to investigate
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 10:48 am

Adairsville, Georgia-According to Interim Police Chief Arnold E. Gillman, on July 22  an Adairsville patrol officer fatally shot a perpetrator at approximately 12:45 a.m. The patrol officer was injured by the perpetrator and treated at a nearby hospital.

Rain likely today, chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms
Posted: July 22, 2014

There is a 60 percent chance of rain with the possibility of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon with a high near 85, according to the National Weather Service. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch are expected, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

3 new restaurants set to open; ACC also discusses 11 upcoming hearings from alcohol sting
Posted: July 22, 2014

Three new Rome restaurants that anticipate opening their doors over the next several weeks had their pouring licenses approved at Monday’s Alcohol Control Commission meeting.

GUEST COLUMN: Old Jim the Fisherman
Posted: July 22, 2014

As you turn off South Broad Street onto Branham Avenue, there, across from the cemetery, were two houses. I had noticed that there was a trail between the houses that went down to the riverbank. The houses had people living in them.

Clay Bennett Cartoon
Posted: July 22, 2014

By Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Billie Jo Rampley Moon
Posted: July 22, 2014

Billie Jo Rampley Moon, 81, of Rome, died July 19, 2014. Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the arrangements.

Franklin Eugene Arnold
Posted: July 22, 2014

Franklin Eugene Arnold, 67, of Armuchee, died July 21, 2014. Fred Talley’s Parkview Chapel Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Cardboard pile burns at Rome-Floyd Recycling Center
Posted: July 22, 2014

A fire erupted late Monday at the Rome-Floyd Recycling Center, injuring no one but destroying several piles of cardboard.

Brewster moving on plans for Etowah Grove with 600 apartments, offices, shops
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 2:00 am

The Northwest Georgia Regional Commission has determined that a Development of Regional Impact study is appropriate for a proposed mixed-use project called Etowah Grove being put forward by Mark Brewster, president of Garden Lakes Realty.

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.

Monday 07/21/2014
Man charged with using fake name, ID
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 1:00 am

A Rome man remained in jail Monday night after he was found to be using a false name and birth date on his state-issued identification, according to Floyd County Jail reports.

Floyd County Jail reports, 8 p.m. July 21
Posted: July 21, 2014

The Floyd County Jail releases reports twice each day, at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Authorities identify woman found in Weiss Lake
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 7:41 am

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — DeKalb County sheriff's officials say a body that was pulled from Weiss Lake in Leesburg has been identified as a 20-year-old woman who was recently reported missing.

Sheriff Jimmy Harris says the body of Sarah Jane Ortiz of Valley Head was found in the lake by a fisherman on Friday. Harris says the woman's body was positively identified on Monday at a forensics lab in Huntsville.

Harris says Ortiz was reported missing July 16 by friends and relatives after she failed to return home on July 14.

Harris says Ortiz's cause of death hasn't been released and authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding her death.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office at 256-845-3801.

Tuesday 11/12/2013
1. UPDATE: Video released of Adairsville shootout
Updated: January 02, 2014 - 7:33 pm

Adairsville police have released video footage from a patrol car dashboard camera of a shootout at a Hardee's from last week.

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Wednesday 11/06/2013
2. Sinkhole found under Cave Spring quadruplex
Updated: November 07, 2013 - 12:52 pm

CAVE SPRING — A large sinkhole under a Park Street apartment forced one tenant to find somewhere else to stay Tuesday night, said Cave Spring fire officials.

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