County Commissioners expected to approve several contracts Tuesday

The Floyd County Commission is expected to approve on Tuesday a proposal to add new playground equipment at three county parks.

The board is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the County Administration Building, 12 E. Fourth Ave.

Playground makeovers are planned at Cave Spring, Garden Lakes and Lock & Dam parks.

The Cave Spring project will cost $75,000, County Manager Jamie McCord said, while Garden Lakes park equipment will cost $110,000 and Lock & Dam will cost $113,000.

Commissioners also will again consider a contract with Safari Hospitality to manage The Forum.

Under the current proposal, the Atlanta-based marketing firm would take over on Aug. 1 and have a 20-month contract, through Nov. 1, 2017.

Commissioner Scotty Hancock, during the agenda-setting session Thursday, asked McCord to prepare a report on what the county is spending on The Forum now and what type of savings it can expect under Safari Hospitality’s management.

The commissioners will also have the chance to approve a contract with Plumbing Surgeon, Inc., to make sewer improvements at the jail.

McCord said Thursday the contract price would not exceed $276,100.

He said the money could be pulled from 2013 special purpose, local option tax funds, from the jail fund or from general funds.

Commissioners also are slated to announce that the county’s Fulton well project was named environmental project of the year by the American Public Works Association.

 

Martha Ann Pritchett Hobbs

Mrs. Martha Ann “Nanny” Pritchett Hobbs, age 81, of Centre, Alabama, formerly of Rome, Ga., passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016, in a Centre healthcare facility.

Mrs. Hobbs was born on October 3, 1934 in Cherokee County, Alabama. She was the daughter of the late Howard Lee Pritchett, Sr. and Ruth Farley Pritchett. She was a member of the Sherwood Forrest Baptist Church in Rome and retired from Klopman Mills. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles E. Hobbs, Sr., sons Charles E. Hobbs, Jr., Jimmy Davis, and Carlton Davis, brothers Jackie Pritchett, Howard Pritchett, Jr., and Joseph “Buddy” Pritchett, and sister Betty Ford.

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Survivors include: daughters Charlayne (Bobby Don) Rogers, Rome; Cynthia Banks, Shannon; grandchildren, Bradley (Heather) Rogers, Anna Rogers, Amanda (Jake) Lee, Jim Davis, Tiffany (Mark) Johnson, Christie (Michael) Mitchell, Misty (Jeff) Jackson, Michelle (Steven) Forsyth, eight great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren. Niece and nephews also survived.

Graveside and internment services will be held at 2:30 p.m. (GA time) Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at Pleasant Valley No. 2 Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Jerry Patton and Lynn Hughston officiating. The family will receive from 12 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home 2750 Shorter Avenue Rome, Ga., 30165.

Pallbearers include: Jake Lee, Roy Latty, Dee Miller, Kenny Farley, Gerald Farley, Stanley Rogers, Tim Ford, Shawn Rogers, and Trey Rogers.

Honorary pallbearers: Gunnar & Tanner Rogers and Cherokee EMS.

In lieu of flowers, make memorials to Alzheimer’s Association 225 N. Michigan Ave. Fl. 17 Chicago, IL 60601.

The family would like to express a very special thanks to the Cherokee County Health and Rehab Center and Alzheimer’s unit for their special care.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home of Rome, Ga., has charge of arrangements.

Things to do in Cherokee County Monday, July 24

Centre Rotary Club meets at noon on the second floor of the First Southern State Bank Building.

The Party Bridge match is played at Centre First United Methodist Church. Call 256-927-7754 for more information.

The Cherokee County Commission meets at 5 p.m. in the Cherokee County Administration Building. The work session begins at 4 p.m.

The Farmers Market will be held in Centre City Park from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. All vendors are invited to participate.

Visit the beautiful Rock Village, home of some of the best hiking and rock climbing throughout the world. Enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery. Go to the intersection of U.S. Highway, to the intersection of County Road 36 and County Road 70, turn left and follow 411 and Highway 68 in Leesburg, turn right, turn left on Cherokee County 36 the signs.

Grand opening for new tennis center scheduled for Friday

Children can help create some tennis-paintball art while their parents and others check out the new courts at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College.

The grand opening of the new SPLOST-funded facility off the Armu­chee Connector is scheduled for Friday.

“We are excited to invite the community to showcase this beautiful facility funded by SPLOST dollars,” Tom Daglis, executive director of the facility, said in a press release.

“We hope everyone can join us for the festivities to truly see how the tennis center will not only be a place for tournaments, but a place for our local tennis players and families to enjoy daily,” he concluded.

The day’s festivities will kick off with a 10 a.m. press conference, with open play scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m.

Several on-court activities will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., while kids can take part in face painting, photo booths and other activities between 1 and 5:30 p.m., according to the press release.

The grand opening ceremony, with opening remarks from different officials, will be held at 5:30 p.m.

Information on upcoming tennis programs, classes, events and services will also be offered at the tennis center, the release stated.

Courts can also be booked, pros can be met and equipment can be tested.

The Rome Tennis Center at Berry College has a total of 60 courts, including eight permanent 36-foot courts for players 10 and under, the release said.

The court was paid for with approximately $11.9 million of 2013 special purpose, local option sales tax funds.

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Trumpeters are putting Clinton in the White House

Early into Mr. Roger Hines’ guest column on July 6 (“The Nevers are slow to accept political reality”), I thought he was going to call the “leadership” of the Republican Party to task for not denouncing so spectacularly unqualified a candidate as Donald Trump at an early state of the primaries. He quickly disabused his readers of that notion in a poorly reasoned piece riddled with false choices, baseless assumptions, and ludicrous comparisons that sounded more like Stephen Colbert satire than serious arguments. That he taught anything other than political science or history is comforting. That he was a state legislator is scary.

A sprinkling of accurate statements in his piece can’t salvage it, and a proper rebuttal requires a column of equal length. But for fair-minded people who gave the column any critical thought, this won’t be necessary. Sadly, I believe Mr. Hines and his fellow Trumpeters are going to put Hillary Clinton in the White House. Worse yet, that is the best outcome, as a Trump Presidency would likely result in him being the last Republican president for at least 16 years (two two-term Democrats in succession).

Update: Police searching for armed robbery suspect

Update: Rome police officers were searching Saturday night for a man accused of robbing The Market on Second at gunpoint around 10 p.m.

“He came in the door, pointing a gun at me,” the female clerk said.

She described the suspect as a black man, approximately 5 feet, 6 inches tall wearing a black hoodie and a black mask.

The clerk, who was shaking and nervous after the encounter, said she told the man she couldn’t give him the cash in the register and asked him to “please don’t shoot me, or something like that.”

 The man then told her not to move while he went around the counter and took cash from the register.

The clerk said the intruder was holding a small, silver handgun that was about the size of his hand.

Rome police Sgt. Hank Jackson said he and the other officers were waiting on a manager to show up so they could review the security surveillance.

Jackson said he hopes the tape will help with a more detailed description and possibly identify how and in what direction the suspect left the store.

Previously posted: A man who police say robbed a Rome convenience store at gunpoint late Saturday is described as a 5-foot 6-inch tall black man wearing a black hoodie.

Previously reported: 911 dispatches indicate someone with a gun has robbed The Market on Second convenience store. A reporter has been sent to the scene.

 

Gospel Schools of the Bible holds graduation, registering for upcoming school year

Gospel Schools of the Bible, located at Boone Ford Baptist Church, is happy to announce the graduation of these students of the Bible.

New applications are now being accepted for the coming school year. Classes will begin the second Monday in August. If you desire to learn more about the Bible, and earn a fully accredited degree in Theology, you may call Leamon Smith at 706-879-9290 or Gary Quarles at 706-263-6177.

Planned improvements for Bridgepoint Plaza includes sidewalk, ramp

A barbecue restaurant may be headed for a building at Bridge­point Plaza, pending city approval.

Jeremy Duke, the owner of Mellow Mushroom, is planning to put a Moe’s Original Bar B Q in the building at 105 W. First St. that sits next to the grass bordering the plaza.

The chain has restaurants in 14 states and originated in Alabama, according to its website. Specialties include pulled pork, ribs, wings, turkey and chicken smoked over hardwood served with two unique sauces. Moe’s also serves catfish and a shrimp “Moe-Boy” sandwich.

Rome Services Director Kirk Milam said Freighthouse Millennium LLC., which owns the building at 105 W. First St., will redevelop the area in the hopes of adding the restaurant there.

Duke said he already has a lease with Freighthouse Millennium, pending the city’s approval of redevelopment plans. Since they will be improving and utilizing public property, he said they will have to get permission from the City Commission.

They will be adding a sidewalk on street level, a staircase on the dock and a handicap ramp, Milam continued.

City Manager Sammy Rich said there will also be some parking upgrades on West First Street. “From my perspective, it’s a win for the city,” Rich said about the upgrades.

 

GCSO Detectives speak at Gordon County Senior Center

Detective Danny White and Detective Bryce Dodd with the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office recently visited Gordon County Senior Center for a presentation. They talked with the seniors about ID fraud and scams. They discussed how many of the scams are performed through the Internet and email. The detectives advised the seniors to never give out personal information over the phone, to never send money to someone they do not know and to never cash a check they receive in the mail if they are not expecting a check, advising the seniors that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Dodd and White educated the seniors on several ways to protect themselves from fraud and scams.

Elder abuse was also discussed during the presentation, with financial, mental and physical abuse being covered. The seniors were told that there are several personal care homes in Gordon County that are run by the rules and regulations of the state, but that there are also some homes that are not legitimate. The detectives advised the seniors to always do a check on personal care homes.

During and after the presentation, both detectives answered questions the seniors had. They also let the seniors know that if they ever had any doubts they could always call the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office or E911.

According to a representative with the Senior Center, it was an excellent presentation and the seniors at the center are more educated on how to protect themselves. They would like to thank the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office for the presentation.