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Friday 12/19/2014
Gas prices still slowly dropping
Posted: December 19, 2014

The price of crude shot up over $2 in late market trading today but as of 4 p.m. gas prices were still dropping around the northwest corner of Georgia.

Cedartown's Sam Hunt's 'Montevallo' album makes AP's top 10 albums of the year
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 4:01 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Up for a good long listen? Check out the Associated Press' top albums of 2014 list:

1. "In the Lonely Hour," Sam Smith: Sam Smith's album was an emotional roller coaster — a ride you couldn't get off of even if you tried. The songs, anchored by his piercing voice, had the power to make you cry, smile, shiver and even dance. Tracks like the radio hit, "Stay With Me," and "Leave Your Lover" are intense and emotional, making for an honest, beautiful album that soothes the soul. There can only be only reply when he sings, "Oh, won't you stay with me?" That would be a resounding, "Yes."

2. "2014 Forest Hills Drive," J. Cole: J. Cole: Another honest man: J. Cole. The insanely talented rapper captures so much on his third album, tackling various topics from losing his virginity to growing up in Fayetteville, North Carolina to contemporary rappers, who should take note. His rhymes are smart, and he is a powerful storyteller that, at times, echoes rap king Nas.

3. "LP1," FKA twigs: FKA twigs' ethereal and eerie album is heavenly. The English singer's soft vocals layered over weird beats make this 10-track set a must listen, thanks to addictive tracks like "Two Weeks," ''Numbers" and "Lights On."

4. "Sucker," Charli XCX: Let's boom clap for Charli XCX and her top notch album, "Sucker." The mix of rock and pop songs are confident and catchy, and prove that although Charli XCX was the side chick on songs like Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" and Icona Pop's "I Love It," she's the real leading lady.

5. "Aquarius," Tinashe: Tinashe, who is also part of the alternative R&B movement, delivered an album that moved the needle this year. Though she had a huge hit with the addictive "2 On," the singer proves she's much more than a one-hit wonder on "Aquarius." Her whispery vocals glide over the songs' beats so nicely you'll constantly hit repeat. "Just Like Vegas" is only one of the many standouts.

6. "Evergreen," Broods: The parents of brother and sister duo Broods should be proud. The New Zealand group's album, "Evergreen," is a winner with instrumentalist Caleb Nott shining on the eclectic, alternative production, giving Georgia Nott a platform to showcase her calming vocals, especially on "Killing You" and "Mother & Father."

7. "My Everything," Ariana Grande: Ariana Grande has already launched four Top 10 hits from her second album, but there's so much more that bangs beyond "Bang Bang" on "My Everything." The powerful vocalist nails it with a cool blend of R&B and pop songs that's almost as good as her revering 2013 debut.

8. "Montevallo," Sam Hunt: Props to singer-songwriter Sam Hunt for blending country music with elements of R&B, electronica and hip-hop. It might sound wild, but it works on his debut album, mainly thanks to Hunt's swagger and sexy sing-talk vocal delivery. Sam Smith isn't the only Sam stealing hearts.

9. "Do It Again," Robyn and Royksopp: Swedish singer Robyn and Norwegian duo Royksopp 5-song dance EP is oh so good, and a tease. Full album please?

10. "1000 Forms of Fear," Sia: From "Chandelier" to "Elastic Heart" to "Eye of the Needle," Sia's latest album is just another laudable effort in her rich catalog, which is worth exploring if you've just discovered the gem this year.


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Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy robotics team places in competition
Posted: December 19, 2014

The Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy robotics team participated in their first competition of the year at North Forsyth High School this week. From a field of 41 robotics teams, the two College and Career Academy teams finished in 3rd and 5th place to automatically qualify for the state tournament.

Report faults Ga., other states on fighting disease
Posted: December 19, 2014

Half the states — including Georgia — scored a 5 or lower on 10 key indicators for preventing, detecting and responding to disease outbreaks, according to a new report.

Initial jobless claims down in November; payroll jobs in Rome shows increase
Posted: December 19, 2014

First-time claims for unemployment benefits filed by Floyd County residents dropped from October to November and were also down from November 2013.

Polar Bear plunges set for New Year's Day
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 11:24 am

Local daredevils have a choice of two nearby Polar Bear Plunges to spice up their New Year’s Day — one in Cave Spring and the other in Gordon County.

Police say Calhoun man with pill resisted arrest
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 1:09 am

A Calhoun man found with a suspected prescription pill and who then resisted arrest remained in jail Friday on unrelated warrants from another county, Floyd County Jail reports state.

Warrants: Cave Spring man attacked woman, threatened to burn down her house
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 1:10 am

Authorities arrested a Cave Spring man early Friday on accusations he threatened to burn down a woman’s house, Floyd County Jail reports state.

Floyd County leaders leaders seek 911 fee hike
Posted: December 19, 2014

It all comes down to money.

Floyd County Jail reports Dec. 19, 8 a.m.
Posted: December 19, 2014

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

Bricks laid down at Barron Stadium as part of facelift
Posted: December 19, 2014

The corner of North Second Avenue and West Third Street is getting a facelift that city officials hope will add to the atmosphere at Barron Stadium.

Shorter University announces fall 2014 graduates
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 1:30 am

Shorter University’s fall commencement will be at 10 a.m. today at The Forum in downtown Rome.

Workers pour surface on Crescent Avenue bridge
Posted: December 19, 2014

Workers on the new Crescent Avenue bridge spent Thursday pouring and smoothing the span’s concrete surface — the latest step in a project expected to reach completion in February.

Dorothy Jane Bailey
Posted: December 19, 2014

Dorothy Jane Bailey, 84, of Rome, died Dec. 16, 2014. Daniel’s Funeral Home has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Lecil Casimir Hryncewicz
Posted: December 19, 2014

Lecil Casimir Hryncewicz, 68, of Wilkerson Road, died Dec. 17, 2014. Daniel’s Funeral Home has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Vernon A. Gaston
Posted: December 19, 2014

Vernon A. Gaston, 64, of Rome, died Dec. 18, 2014. Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Police charge Kingston man for Dollar General robbery
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 6:11 am

A Kingston man accused of breaking into and robbing a Kingston Highway store was arrested Thursday, according to police and jail records.

Police: Rome man had meth in plain site on couch
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 8:30 am

A Rome man who allegedly had methamphetamine on his couch was arrested Thursday, according to Floyd County Jail records.

Thursday 12/18/2014
Floyd County Jail report, Dec. 18, 8 p.m.
Posted: December 18, 2014

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

Post office will be open for package drop-off Sunday
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 6:23 pm

DULUTH GA — As the number of days before Christmas dwindle to just a few, Atlanta Postal officials are making special provisions this weekend to help customers avoid the inevitable last-minute crush that is expected at post offices next week.

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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