Floyd County Jail report, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9

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The Floyd County Jail issues arrest reports twice daily, at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

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GNTC Prep Central Football Scoreboard Oct. 9

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Team First Second Third Fourth Final
Armuchee  0  0 7
Model  7 29 36
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Calhoun  21 10 7 0 38
Sonoraville  0 0 0 0  0
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Coosa 0 14 0 0 14
Gordon Lee 14 10 7 7 38
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Darlington 14 0 0 7  21
Dade County 3 0 7 0  10
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Gordon Central 0
Coahulla Creek 26
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Pepperell  8 24 11 7 50
Rockmart  6 0 0 7 13
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Rome 0 9 0 0  9
Dalton 7 7 0 14 28

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has been instrumental in providing quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. The mission of Georgia Northwestern Technical College is to provide accessible, high quality technical education and workforce development opportunities.  Serving the nine counties of Catoosa; Chattooga; Dade; Floyd; Gordon; Murray; Polk; Walker; and Whitfield, GNTC has five convenient campus locations in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. With programs of study in business, health, industrial, and public service available, students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree, diploma, or a certificate from GNTC.

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Composition by Shorter's Terry Morris to be premiered in Three Rivers Singers Concert on Sunday

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Sunday’s Three Rivers Singers 15th Anniversary Concert marks a significant milestone for not only the choral ensemble but also for Shorter University faculty member and longtime Rome resident Terry Morris.

The Three River Singers, Rome’s community chorus, will present “Celebrating 15 Years of Singing,” an anniversary concert, on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in downtown Rome. In addition to favorite music from past performances, the concert will include the premiere of Dr. Morris’ choral composition, “Happy the Man who Fears the Lord.” The piece is written for choir, organ and French horn; it is Morris’ first composition.

“Happy the Man who Fears the Lord” is dedicated to the late Charles Whitworth, who served as dean of the college at Shorter from 1962 to 1985 and was a longtime member of the Three Rivers Singers.

For Greg Richardson, Fuller E. Callaway professor of economics in Shorter’s Ledbetter College of Business and a baritone with the Three Rivers Singers, performing Morris’ selection has special meaning. Richardson joined Shorter’s faculty in 1982 and was at Shorter for Whitworth’s last two years as dean.

“‘Happy is the Man’ brings together two of the men I’ve liked and admired the most in my life. Dr. Whitworth embodied for me the Roman virtue of ‘gravitas,’ and Terry Morris’ music captures that beautifully,” Richardson said.

The performance of “Happy the Man who Fears the Lord” will be used to remember former members of the choir.

“Terry’s piece is based on Psalm 128,” said Len Willingham, who has served as director of the Three Rivers Singers since 2011. “It will be dedicated to Dean Whitworth and other members of the Three Rivers Singers who have passed away.”

Richardson is one of three current Shorter faculty and staff members who sing with the Three Rivers Singers. Daniel Huey, assistant professor of music at Shorter, is a tenor with the group, and Dawn Tolbert, the university’s associate vice president for university communications, sings alto.

“I am excited to perform ‘Happy the Man who Fears the Lord’ by Dr. Morris,” said Huey. “The first time that I remember meeting Terry was when I was practicing the organ in Brookes Chapel. He came in with the very composition that we are singing this Sunday. It was nearly completed, and he wanted to hear some of the parts so we both played some of the parts from it. [Since then] I have crossed paths with him and discussed the enjoyment that we have had rehearsing the piece and talking about the recurring themes, the irregular meter (it is written in 5/4 time), and the beautiful harmonies that the choir has been mastering in making our performance of the piece a success.

“The piece is a challenge,” Huey added. “It is rewarding and gives me a sense of pride to know that such a brilliant piece of music comes from a fellow faculty member at the institution where I teach and to have an inside connection with the composer through composition.”

The Three Rivers Singers was formed in 2000 under the direction of Dr. Brian Horne. Horne and fellow former music directors Kam Malone and Suzanne Scott will return for the concert, joining current director Len Willingham. The group is accompanied by Joan Hill. The concert is open to the public at no charge.

Morris, a 1964 graduate of Shorter College, has served as a member of Shorter’s faculty for more than 50 years. He currently serves as Professor of History and is one of four longtime faculty members to be honored by the university through the establishment of Legends of Teaching Excellence Scholarships in their honor. After earning his undergraduate degree in History from Shorter, Dr. Morris completed the Master of Arts in History at Emory University and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1976 after earning a Doctor of Philosophy in History. A member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Morris teaches Sunday School and sings in the church choir. He studied music informally at Shorter, is a past choir leader, and enjoys singing.

Morris is married to the former Janet White, a 1970 graduate of Shorter College. He is the father of Elizabeth Tucker, Frances Fowler, and John Morris, who earned his Master of Business Administration from Shorter in 2004. They have three grandchildren, including Hannah Fowler, a 2012 graduate of Shorter.

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‘Balance billing’ draws legislative scrutiny

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A patient scheduled for surgery makes sure that both the hospital and surgeon are in the health plan’s network prior to the operation.

But after the surgery, a surprise bill arrives for hundreds of dollars. It turns out that the anesthesiologist used in the procedure was not in the patient’s insurance network – and the patient had no idea.

Such “balance billing’’ situations often confound and upset consumers receiving medical care – and can lead to tough collections practices.

A state legislative panel hearing Thursday discussed surprise billing for medical care. The subcommittee was chaired by state Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford), who said she has heard from many constituents complaining about medical debt, bankruptcies due to medical bills, and credit rating downgrades.

“It’s so hard on the consumer,’’ said Unterman, chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

Physicians and members of the hospital and insurance industries testified on surprise medical bills, pointing to varying reasons for their use. They agreed, though, that it’s something that can hit consumers hard.

Balance billing occurs when a hospital, physician or other health care provider sends a bill to a managed care patient after the patient’s health insurer has paid its share. The patient owes the balance.

Large bills can occur when an out-of-network provider charges a patient an out-of-network rate, usually higher than the rate that in-network providers charge.

Donna Hatcher of the Georgia Hospital Association told Unterman’s subcommittee that medical providers often ‘’have no choice but to bill the patient for the balance.”

“No hospital wants a patient to be financially disadvantaged,’’ she added.

Hospitals generally don’t know what health plans that physicians belong to, Hatcher said. Nor do hospitals have any control over the rates paid to doctors who are not employed by the hospital, she added.

The recent trend toward more limited insurance networks has created more opportunity for surprise billing, Hatcher said.

Writing off patient debt

Physicians also blamed the rise of such “narrow networks.”

Dr. Todd Williamson, a Gwinnett County neurologist, said that with more limited choice of medical providers, patients often have “little to no access to doctors they need.”

“Insurance companies have posted record profits’’ in recent years, Williamson said. Meanwhile, he said, “insurance companies have ratcheted (down) payments (to medical providers) to ridiculously low levels.”

He added that doctors write off large amounts of unpaid debt.

Dr. John Rogers, an emergency medicine physician in Macon, said that insurers have shifted more of the cost of medical care to the patient, through higher deductibles and copays. An ER balance bill is typically just $100 or less, Rogers added.

Marcus Downs, who represents the Medical Association of Georgia, said his organization calls the practice “fair market billing.”

The practice often occurs with emergency room care, and physicians who are out of network, Downs said. “It may be a surprise to the patient,’’ he said. “It’s unfortunate. The physician works there — they always had the intention of getting paid.”

But Leanne Gasaway of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), an industry trade group, said surprise bills are not caused by ‘’inadequate networks.” They’re often triggered when an anesthesiologist, pathologist or another specialist is brought in to assist in a patient’s care, and that physician is not in that patient’s network, she said.

“The problem is getting worse,’’ Gasaway said. That’s why, she said, “We believe this is a consumer protection issue.” AHIP says that out-of-network providers can charge a consumer whatever rates they choose.

She cited as possible solutions a system that would pay fair and reasonable amounts to non-network providers, and creating a dispute resolution process.

‘Completely unregulated’

More than a dozen states have passed laws aiming to protect managed care patients from exorbitant balance billing, the Kaiser Family Foundation has reported.

“This is completely unregulated’’ in Georgia, Gasaway said. She called for a solution among all entities involved. “We will all have to change. We believe it’s a shared responsibility to protect patients.”

And Barbara Barrett, assistant vice president of human resources for Langdale Industries, based in Valdosta, told the panel that “the consumer doesn’t have any idea what they’re going to be charged.”

Then, after a medical procedure, Barrett said, “there are some very aggressive (tactics) to collect debt.’’

Unterman said after the hearing that she was not sure what approach Georgia should take on these billing practices.

Beth Stephens of Georgia Watch, a consumer advocacy group, said after the hearing that “the consumer in a surprise billing scenario is often the least informed and least able to discover when they might be subject to a surprise bill, and of providers and insurers, they have the least capacity to effectively resolve issues related to balance billing.

“Without protections, consumers are left holding the bag and may have to pay huge medical bills,’’ Stephens said. “We want to see the consumer held harmless in situations where they unknowingly encounter providers outside of their network, particularly in an emergency room setting.”


Georgia Health News, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, tracks state medical issues on its website georgiahealthnews.com.

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Minor injuries reported in 3 car wreck on Martha Berry

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Only minor cuts and bruises were reported in a three car wreck at the intersection of Martha Berry Highway and Redmond Road on Friday afternoon.

According to Rome Police Department PFC Matt Rumphol:

J.W. Bowen of 106 Warwick Way was driving southbound on Martha Berry Highway in a Ford mini-van when he ran a red light and hit a Volvo sedan who was waiting on Redmond to turn left. The Volvo was then pushed into a Toyota Tundra who was also on Redmond turning left.

The driver of the Volvo and The driver of the Toyota, Herlinda Cortez Lopez of 105 Cherry St. was driving without a license and was arrested by police.

Bowen was cited for failure to obey traffic controls.

No one was taken for treatment by Redmond EMS.

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Police: Rome man stabbed woman with a butcher knife

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A Rome man used a butcher knife to stab a woman in the back on Thursday, reports stated.

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

John Derrick Smith, 57, of 1602 High St. was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after he stabbed a woman in the lower back late Thursday evening. The victim told police that he was trying to slice her spine.

The victim was taken to Floyd Medical center and released Friday morning.

Smith is being held in jail without bond.

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Pepperell first grader Kameron Brock honored with a 2015 Young Hero Award

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Kameron Brock, a six-year-old first grade student at Pepperell Primary School, has been named a recipient of the 2015 Young Heroes Award. Emergency Management of Rome and Floyd County, in conjunction with 911, awards the honor.

The presentation was made on Friday, October 9 at 10 a.m. at Pepperell Primary. On hand for the special school assembly were emergency responders who participated in the trauma call and other representatives of the Rome/Floyd Fire Department, the Floyd County Police Department, the Floyd County Sheriff’s office, the 911 Call Center, and emergency medical responders.

Kameron’s Father has a serious heart condition, and when he experienced medical trauma about 10 days ago, Kameron came to his rescue. She dialed 911 and provided information that was needed for dispatchers to assure that they could get to the home quickly.

“Kameron is a very brave young lady who remained calm and got help for her dad quickly,” said Rome-Floyd E-911 Director John Blalock as he presented the award.

The first grade class at Pepperell Primary joined in on the presentation and 176 first grade children applauded their classmate as Blalock made the presentation. “Kameron knew that her address would show up on our system when she called from her home phone so she disconnected from the cell phone she first call 911 on and called right back on her home phone,” Blalock said. “With the right address, emergency crews quickly responded to the scene.”

“Kameron showed exemplary character as a responsible young hero as she handled the situation to assure that life-saving measures could be taken for her father,” stated Carmen Jones, principal of Pepperell Primary.” “Kameron used PBIS expectations taught to children at this school as she demonstrated responsibility, respect and safety.” PBIS is a positive behavior incentive program used at the school. Jones added, “The school stresses the importance of being safe, respectful and responsible everywhere students go.”

Floyd County Commissioner Irwin Bagwell addressed the assembly. He said, “You listened to your teachers and followed their directions – this day is about you being a hero.” Floyd County Board of Education member Dr. Tony Daniel was also on hand for the presentation.

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Cave Spring woman charged with possession of morphine pills

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A Cave Spring woman was in jail Friday after police found morphine pills in her possession, reports stated.

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Tieva Caila Swanson, 37, was arrested at the Citgo gas station on Alabama highway after police found morphine pills without a medical container in her car. She is charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance and drugs not in original container.

She is being held on $3500 bond.

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Elementary school students show skills beyond building

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The Cardboard Challenge inspires children to dream, according to West End Elementary School teacher Kathy Rogers.

“I mean, you give a kid a cardboard box…” Rogers said.

“And they’ll make a spaceship out of it,” student Giana Fernandes chimed in.

“Exactly,” Rogers replied.

On Thursday the students were building their entries for the Rome & Floyd County Cardboard Challenge, which is Saturday at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport.

Those who wish to see the creations may come to the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Hangar from 9 a.m. to noon. Set-up for contestants is from 4 to 7 p.m. today and from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Saturday. The event is free, both to enter and observe.

“We’ll have signs set up to show everyone the way,” added Chris Carey, organizer of the event and president of Logical Systems. “We really encourage those who want to enter projects to set up during the Friday evening times, because as we learned last year, it can take a while to get the projects set.”

Entries will be judged in three categories: arcade games, designer’s choice and art. There will also be an on-site challenge where competitors are given an assignment and asked to design, build and present their finished project.

The local challenge is in its second year and is part of the international challenge inspired by the Imagination Foundation. More than 125,000 students worldwide will participate in the Global Cardboard Challenge.

“It is a little magical to be able to tell the kids they are working on these projects at the same time as thousands of kids across the world are,” Carey said.

Rome’s challenge is gaining fame in its second year, he added.

“We got a call from the B.E.S.T. Academy in Atlanta,” said Carey. “They found out about us and want to participate next year. That is great, because when we started last year, we had no idea how small or large it would be.”

Last year, almost 500 participants came, he added.

The competition benefits the community and the students in several ways, said Carey.

“It falls in line with school curriculum, especially with STEM initiatives,” he said. “It also encourages students who may learn in a different way to take leadership roles. It brings them out of their shells.”

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Floyd County Jail reports Oct. 8, 8 p.m.

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

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