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.

Mildred McDougal Womack

Mrs. Mildred McDougal Womack, age 89, of Rome, passed away Wednesday morning, July 20, 2016, in a local hospital.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 24, 2016, at 3 pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Robert Anderson officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

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The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday from 2 pm until the service hour.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Things to do in Cherokee County for the weekend of Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24

Saturday, July 23

A fundraising bake sale hosted by the Centre Police Department wives will be held for Candace Flynt Friday and Saturday, July 22-23, from 9 a.m. until noon. The event will be held at the police department headquarters on West Main St.

An all day fundraiser will be held at Full Gospel Church on Sherry Drive in Centre. Hot dog plates will be sold beginning at 8 a.m. A bake sale will begin at 5:15 p.m. with singing at 6 p.m.

OLD NAZARETH Baptist Church is having a singing featuring Heartfelt Saturday, July 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Pastor Josh Bryant and members invite everyone to attend.

FULL GOSPEL Baptist Church on Sherry Drive in Centre, will hold an all day fundraiser for a needy family Saturday, July 23. A yard sale will be held at the church beginning at 8 a.m. A yard sale will be held at the church beginning at 8 a.m. Hot dog plates will be sold beginning at 1 p.m. A bake auction will be held beginning at 5:16 p.m. Singing will begin at 6 p.m. with The Roundtree Family and Gail Sharp and Jon Woodall. ROC Friday nights for help and support.

Bay Springs Country Inn and Campground holds a Gospel Singing each second and fourth Saturday of each month, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Bay Springs Country Inn and Campground is located at 130 County Road 112. For more information, contact Terri Hyatt at 256-927-3618. Admission is free. The singings are held from May through September.

Sunday, July 24

The Centre First Baptist Church contemporary worship service, “Impact” begins at 8:30 a.m.

The Edge, a contemporary worship service that welcomes each person as he or she is and challenges us all to grow together in our faith in Jesus Christ, meets at 8:45 a.m. at Centre First United Methodist Church.

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.

Visit the historical Cornwall Furnace on Cherokee County Road 92 in Cedar Bluff.

Floyd County Schools AP Scholars announced for 2016

The College Board has released the AP School Scholar Roster and it includes 26 Floyd County students earning AP Scholar Awards. These teens were recognized for their exceptional achievement on AP Exams for 2016. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school. Students can earn college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. Only 18 percent of students worldwide earn an AP Scholar Award each year.

The College Board recognizes three levels of achievement based on a students’ performance on AP Exams.

  • AP Scholar: Granted to students who receive grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams
  • AP Scholar with Honor: Granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of the exams
  • AP Scholar with Distinction: Granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of the exams

Floyd County Schools had 18 AP Scholars on the College Board’s report, three AP Scholars with Honors and five AP Scholars with Distinction. Armuchee High had the most AP honorees with 10 total. Armuchee also had the most AP Scholars with Distinction with three.

Armuchee High’s average score was 3.42 with senior Christopher Barackman posting the highest average on three AP exams. Coosa High’s average score was 2.67 with senior Keiley Rowland scoring the highest average on three exams. Model High’s average score was 3.15 with senior Noah Syverson posting the highest average on three exams. Pepperell High’s average score was 3.38 with 2016 graduate Daniel Lovell earning the highest average on a total of nine exams.

The availability of AP classes for students is a priority in Floyd County Schools. The system’s Honors Prep program is recognized as one of the top college prep programs in the area.

AP Scholars are listed at grade level for seniors this fall or as a 2016 spring graduate of Floyd County Schools.

Students honored for their performance on AP Exams during the 2015-2016 school year were:

Armuchee High

  • Christopher T. Barackman, senior – AP Scholar
  • Bodie L. Fox, senior – AP Scholar
  • Allison R. Phillips, 2016 graduate – AP Scholar
  • Fatima Waseem, 2016 graduate – AP Scholar
  • Marcus N. Wilder, 2016 graduate – AP Scholar
  • Abby E. Blackmon, 2016 graduate – AP Scholar with Honor
  • Dakota T. Mobbs, 2016 graduate – AP Scholar with Honor
  • Zelma M. Cable, 2016 graduate – AP Scholar with Distinction
  • Aleya B. Haney, 2016 graduate – AP Scholar with Distinction
  • Meredith Hill, 2016 graduate – AP Scholar with Distinction

Coosa High

  • Kayla L. Ngo, 2016 graduate – AP Scholar
  • Alison L. Powell, 2016 graduate – AP Scholar
  • Keiley A. Rowland, senior – AP Scholar

Model High

  • Sam Bryant, senior – AP Scholar
  • Madison G. Hart, 2016 graduate- AP Scholar
  • Makayla R. Keasler, 2016 graduate – AP Scholar
  • Noah J, Syverson, senior – AP Scholar
  • Benjamin D. Walker, 2016 graduate – AP Scholar
  • Kelly L. Wheeler, 2016 graduate – AP Scholar

Pepperell High

  • Sachi Askew, 2016 graduate – AP Scholar
  • Abbey Hensley, senior – AP Scholar
  • Colby Morris, 2016 graduate – AP Scholar
  • Isaiah F. Riddle, senior – AP Scholar
  • Noah Rogers, 2016 graduate – AP Scholar with Honor
  • James E. Betancourt, 2016 graduate- AP Scholar with Distinction
  • Daniel Lovell, 2016 graduate – AP Scholar with Distinction
 

Arrest Records from the Saturday, July 23, 2016 issue of the Calhoun Times

The following arrests information was taken directly from Gordon County Jail records. Arrests were made by the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office except where otherwise indicated. Law enforcement officials are in compliance with Ga. Code 50-18-72 of the Open Records Act in releasing reports of arrests. People with similar names may not be the same as those listed in reports. All people are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

Monday, July 18

Janet B. Franks, 57, 1022 Baker Road, Dalton, arrested by and housed for CPD.

Vernon Eugene Hale, Jr., 48, 72 Hawkins Rd., Lot 34, Cartersville, arrested and charged with probation violation.

Cortland Russell Laney, 29, 319 Circle Dr., Calhoun, sentenced.

Dewey Max Poole, 41, 113 Peter St., Calhoun, arrested and charged with probation violation.

Jamie Lynn Samples, 34, 526 Cook Rd., Resaca, arrested and charged probation violation.

Alton Andrew Vick, 57, 147 Hines Rd., Calhoun, arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, unlawful conduct during 911 call.

Roberto Garcia, 28, 115 Sylvania Cir., Apt. 1, Calhoun, arrested by CPD and charged with disorderly conduct, public drunkenness.

Kristan David Greenier, 51, 176 Smith Rd., Clinton, Tenn., arrested by and housed for CPD.

Derris Toy Taylor, 24, 178 Hillside Oak Drive, Covington, arrested and housed for RPD.

Tuesday, July 19

Robert Allen Bost, 30, 2473 Simms Dr., Marietta, arrested and charged with probation violation.

Darviette Darnell Collins, 49, 133 W. Concord Dr., Clarksville, Tenn., arrested and charged with probation violation.

Amy Leeanne Cooper, 35, 100 DeFoor Loop, Calhoun, arrested by CPD and charged with parole violation.

Terry Lamar Crowe, 20, 330 Cedar Hill Dr., Calhoun, arrested and charged with burglary.

Charles Wilson Hardman, Jr., 46, 260 Valley View Circle, Calhoun, arrested and charged with probation violation, sex offender registry violation.

Amber Nicole Knasinski, 36, 200 S. Line Street, Apt. 515, Calhoun, arrested and charged with probation violation.

Dillon Wayne Long, 19, 3102 Red Bud Rd., Calhoun, arrested and charged with burglary.

Salvador Sanchez-Barrera, 34, 212 Forrest Ave., Calhoun, arrested and charged with simple battery.

Larry Mack Silvers, Jr., 37, 1276 Reeves Station Rd., Calhoun, arrested and charged with battery/simple battery FVA, criminal damage to property, cruelty to children, probation violation.

Jacob Austin Clay, 18, 47 Gordon Avenue, Calhoun, arrested by and housed for CPD.

Tytanna Ti-Lee Curtis, 17, 100 McConnell Rd., Calhoun, arrested by CPD and charged with theft by shoplifting.

Ivan Madrigal Esqueda, 29, 617 Virginia Ave., Dalton, arrested and charged with probation violation.

Wednesday, July 20

Shannon Naicol Cox, 31, 3619 S. Hwy. 2 SW, Williamsburg, Ky., arrested by CPD and charged with probation violation.

Demetrick Lamar Cusick, 26, 136 Pineapple Rd., Calhoun, arrested and sentenced.

Karen Lynn Dubanoski, 51, 401 Pisgah Way, Calhoun, arrested and charged with false report of a crime.

Anthony Wayne Harding, 36, 134 Erwin Hill Rd., Calhoun, arrested and charged with probation violation.

Bradley Dean Ingle, 38, 205 2nd St., Lindale, arrested and charged with probation violation.

Tammy Renaee Lewis, 49, 109 Jeep St., Apt. 8, Calhoun, arrested and charged with probation violation.

Johnnie Lee Maney, 54, 270 Macany Rd., Chatsworth, arrested and charged with probation violation.

John Mitchell Rhodes, 26, 1638 Nickelsville Rd., Resaca, arrested by CPD and charged with probation violation, VGCSA.

Cordale Jamison Scott, 18, Motel 6, Calhoun, arrested and charged with DUI-alcohol-under 21.

Larsons Lataveus Winston, 21, 294 Soldiers Pathway, Calhoun, arrested and charged with aggravated assault, armed robbery, battery.

Alabama’s June unemployment rate is 6 percent, wage and salary employment remains at nearly eight year high

MONTGOMERY – Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced today that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate is 6 percent, unchanged from May’s revised rate of 6 percent, and below June 2015’s rate of 6.1 percent. June’s rate represents 130,349 unemployed persons, compared to 132,019 in May and 130,604 in June 2015.

“Our unemployment rate continues to hold steady,” said Washington. “Even though there was no change in the rate over the month, nearly 34,000 more people are working now than last year, and fewer people are unemployed both over the month and over the year, and those numbers are important to most Alabamians.”

The number of people counted as employed in June was 2,045,497, up from 2,011,654 in June 2015 (seasonally adjusted).

“Employers in Alabama are also reporting that they are supporting more jobs,” continued Washington. “There are almost 15,000 more jobs this year than there were last year, and we haven’t seen levels of wage and salary employment this high in nearly eight years. Our employers are hiring and putting Alabamians to work.”

Wage and salary employment measured 1,972,400 in June, representing a yearly increase of 14,900. Yearly gains were seen in the professional and business services sector (+4,800), the manufacturing sector (+3,900), and the trade, transportation, and utilities sector (+3,500), among others.

The last time wage and salary employment was at or above 1,972,400 was October 2008, when it measured 1,981,300.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 4.8 percent, Elmore County at 5.3 percent, and Cherokee County at 5.4 percent. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 15.1 percent, Perry County at 13.5 percent and Clarke County at 12.5 percent.

Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Vestavia Hills at 3.7 percent, Hoover at 4.5 percent and Homewood at 4.7 percent. Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are: Selma at 12.4 percent, Prichard at 11.7 percent and Bessemer at 9.5 percent.

Members of the media seeking more information should contact Communications Director Tara Hutchison at (334) 242-8616.

“Seasonal adjustment” refers to BLS’s practice of anticipating certain trends in the labor force, such as hiring during the holidays or the surge in the labor force when students graduate in the spring, and removing their effects to the civilian labor force.

The Current Population (CPS), or the household survey, is conducted by the Census Bureau and identifies members of the work force and measures how many people are working or looking for work.

The establishment survey, which is conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a division of the U.S. Department of Labor, surveys employers to measure how many jobs are in the economy. This is also referred to as wage and salary employment.

Rockmart approves ordinance change for judge residency

Rockmart council members have approved a revision of the ordinance requiring the magistrate judge is a resident of Polk County.

The revision also includes setting a specific term of one year in office, and provides for removal provisions as required by State law and have an effective date and remove conflicting provisions of the City Charter. Prior to the vote, a public hearing was held on the matter.

Andrew Roper is the current magistrate judge. His term will expire on Dec. 31, 2016.

Council members, during the July meeting, also gave the green light to a malt beverage and wine package for the Big Bear, located at 503 N. Piedmont Ave.

The following items listed from the June meeting were also given final approval:

A report from City Clerk Pam Herring, who discussed the growing use of credit and debit cards for paying utility, tax bills and other fees of the City. She reminded the group her initial request was that the City would cover those convenience fees.

The cost is now averaging around $650 per month and the new software will allow passing the convenience fees on to those using the credit cards. Individuals still have the option of paying by cash, check and bank drafts at no extra charge.

FY2017 Capital Budget, Operating Budget and Fee Schedule:

City Manager Jeff Ellis said the fee schedule includes the normal 5 percent increase on garbage in January and 5 percent increase water and sewer in July. Due to the increase in the mandated fees for debt service and ongoing additional costs the recommendation was to increase the sewer fee from 1.25 percent to 1.5 percent of the water charges. These additional funds will be used to retire debt.

He highlighted the budget for the General Fund at $5,851,573 with a contingency of $120,867, stating the Mayor and Council control this. The Water Sewer Fund budget is $4,558,941 with a contingency of $161,335, which is monitored for emergencies.

He noted the FY2017 budget also includes 2 new employees added in the General Fund and 1 in the Water Sewer Fund. He said there was a $10,000 amount to help increase the pay for the library personnel. There is also 3, 1 percent increases for all full time staff.

The recommended FY2017 Capital Budget, Operating Budget and Fee Schedule were approved.

Rockmart man jailed on child pornography charges following yearlong wait to get into phone

A locked phone ended up being the key to sending a local man to jail on 30 felony counts on charges related to child pornography being found.

Benjamin Cody Jones, 25, of 545 Prospect Road, Rockmart, was taken into custody on Thursday at 10 p.m. on the 30 counts of sexual exploitation of children-possession or control any material depicting minor in sexually explicit conduct.

Jones remains in jail without bond.

Polk County Police Department Det. B. Brady said that a witness observed the material on the phone and kept it from Jones way back in 2015, and then turned it over to police.

Brady said that police were unable to unlock the images on the phone with the software capabilities at the time, so the search warrant that was originally taken out on the phone expired and it sat in the county police’s evidence room until recently.

The phone was given over to GBI forensics investigators part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force which Brady works with routinely. Another search warrant was sought and once received, the phone was plugged up again.

“This time the attempt to get phone to connect up to new software worked,” Brady said. “A forensic investigator was able to pull the images off the phone.”

Brady said that more items may be on the phone and the case is still under investigation.

“If things pan out, there may be more charges coming forward pending the return of the information,” he said.