Third-ranked Gamecocks down Liberty 48-19

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Jacksonville State wrapped up the non-conference portion of its 2016 schedule with a resounding road win over one of the most successful FCS programs of the past decade.

Eli Jenkins rushed for two touchdowns and threw two more as the third-ranked Gamecocks pounded Liberty 48-19 Saturday night at Williams Stadium. Jacksonville State’s suffocating defense snuffed out the Flames by limiting them to only 181 yards, far below their season average of 336.

Roc Thomas added 114 yards, one touchdown on the ground and caught a TD pass as Jacksonville State improved to 3-1.

Jacksonville State amassed 563 total yards with Jenkins accounting for 345 himself (224 passing, 121 rushing).

“It was a quality, quality win,” said Jacksonville State head coach John Grass. “It was a great performance in a lot of places.”

Liberty (1-3) managed only 41 yards and was 0-for-10 on third-down conversions in the first 30 minutes.

Jacksonville State need 53 seconds to score after forcing the Flames into a three-and-out on the opening series. Jenkins was 3-for-3 on the quick drive, hitting a wide-open Thomas for a 51-yard touchdown pass just three minutes into the contest.

Connor Rouleau’s extra point put the Gamecocks in front 7-0 at the 12:06 mark in the first quarter.

Liberty’s only first-half highlight came on a 31-yard field goal by Alex Probert.

Another long three-play drive extended Jacksonville State’s lead to 14-3 midway through the first. Jenkins ripped off his longest run of the season, a 76-yard sprint to the end zone, with 4:48 remaining in the quarter. It was the senior quarterback’s longest run since an 83-yarder against Charleston Southern in last year’s FCS playoffs.

Josh Barge, who earlier became the sixth player in Ohio Valley Conference history to surpass the 3,000-yard milestone for career receiving, returned a Liberty punt 75 yards for touchdown early in the second quarter. Barge became the first Gamecock to return a punt for a touchdown since Alan Bonner went 64 yards against Alabama A&M in 2009.

Jenkins scored on a one-yard sneak and Cade Stinnett’s kick gave JSU a 27-3 halftime lead.

“They could not get anything going on offense. I thought it was just a great performance defensively,” Grass said. “Offensively, we wanted more explosive plays and we got it. It was a night of explosive plays.”

That explosiveness continued after Liberty had closed to within 27-10 entering the final quarter.

Thomas scored on a two-yard run one play after breaking free on a 57-yard scamper on the first play of the fourth. Shaq Davidson hauled in a 69-yard touchdown pass from Jenkins five minutes later, and reserve back Justice Owens broke loose on an 87-yard touchdown run to make the final 48-19 with 1:27 remaining.

Jacksonville State sacked Liberty’s quarterbacks six times and intercepted two passes. The Flames managed only 44 yards on 36 rush attempts.

The Gamecocks begin their quest for a third straight OVC championship when they host Tennessee Tech on Oct. 8. Kickoff at The Snow is set for 1 p.m.

1st homes are nearing completion in Joe Wright Village

The first three housing units in the Joe Wright Village gated public housing community, off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, are expected to be ready for occupancy by Feb. 1, 2017.

Northwest Georgia Housing Authority Director of Technical Services Martin Duke said there is a chance the two single-family homes and one duplex could be complete before then but did not want to commit to an earlier completion date.

The housing authority is serving as its own general contractor for the project to save money and will do so in the future, Executive Director Sandra Hudson said.

“My goal is to have our own construction company so we can bid on other work in this community,” Hudson said.

Executive Director Sandra Hudson said a duplex unit and a two-bedroom home under construction are each expected to come in right around $150,000 each.

A three-bedroom home is expected to cost between $160,000 and $170,000.

Duke said that when the housing community is completed it will include 11 or 12 duplexes and 10 or 11 single-family homes. The uncertainty about the actual number of units is related to issues with the lot sizes, he added.

“We just don’t have the footprint worked out yet on each one of the lots.”

The homes in the gated village are being paid for by replacement housing funds stemming from the demolition of the Altoview Terrace apartments off Spring Creek Street in East Rome, the Charles Hight homes at Turner McCall Boulevard and Fifth Avenue and the Fairgrounds apartments on the property where Joe Wright Village is being constructed.

Hudson said the authority has more than $1.6 million in that pool of funds at this time.

Another $1 million is available for the Joe Wright Village from the sale of the Charles Hight homes property to Madison Retail, the developer of the Charles Hight Square shopping center on Turner McCall.


Top-ranked Piedmont stays perfect after downing Class 4A, No. 6 Leeds

PIEDMONT – The Leeds Green Wave was the only team to blemish Piedmont’s 2015 football record on its way to a Class 3A state championship.

Payback came on Friday night at the Field of Champions.

Behind senior quarterback Taylor Hayes’ 162 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries and 94 yards through the air with another score, the Class 3A top-ranked Bulldogs downed the Class 4A, No. 6 Green Wave 29-14.

“It’s a big win for us,” Piedmont head coach Steve Smith said. “I have much respect for the Leeds program. A lot of people expected this year to be the demise of Leeds, but anyone watching the game tonight can see that Leeds is a quality program.”

The game started off well for the Bulldogs (6-0).

Leeds (4-2) fumbled on the second play of its first drive, with Bulldog senior linebacker Chase Bobbitt pouncing on the ball. Piedmont then scored its first touchdown on a 1-yard keep from Hayes, but the Bulldogs failed to convert on the PAT.

Leeds responded with a score of its own after intercepting a Hayes pass. Running back Jermaine Williams scored on a 4-yard rush, and the Green Wave would successfully convert the PAT, taking a 7-6 lead.

In the second quarter, Hayes would strike once again for the Bulldogs, scoring on a 6-yard rush. The Bulldogs converted the 2-point conversion on a Hayes-to-Bobbitt pass play.

Piedmont took the lead before halftime, as Hayes connected with sophomore receiver T.J. Fairs for a 24-yard touchdown. After an offside penalty against the Green Wave during the point after attempt, the Bulldogs decided to go for two once again. And, once again, the Bulldogs converted on a Hayes rush.

Both defensive squads would come out strong after halftime, with neither side scoring in the third quarter, but Leeds would close the Piedmont lead to just one score in the fourth quarter on a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jaylen Washington to receiver Jakobi Hunter. A successful PAT made the score 22-14.

Hayes would deliver the dagger late in the fourth quarter with his 4-yard rushing touchdown, followed by a successful PAT from Easton Kirk.

Junior running back Lee Stanley added 70 rushing yards on 13 carries for the Bulldogs.

Senior receiver Derrick Baer collected 71 yards on three receptions.

Piedmont hosts the Weaver Bearcats (4-1) in their return to Class 3A, Region 5 action on Friday. Leeds, which has now lost two straight games, looks to rebound at home against Holtville.

Crews will reinforce retaining wall while Big Spring Park is closed for repairs

Cedartown’s Big Spring Park will be closed to the public over the coming weeks due to repair work along the historic waterway’s overflow channel.

The retaining walls that direct the spring’s overflow away from the water plant are deteriorating. Some parts of the 1930s-era retaining wall are visibly crumbling, while other parts have been completely eroded. Work crews will be at the park on Monday bringing in equipment needed to replace the retaining walls and starting work site preparations. Actual replacement of the walls is scheduled to begin the first week in October.

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JH Benefield & Sons Inc. contracting company will oversee the project. Both sides of the channel will be repoured with concrete and the small footbridge will be replaced.

During this time, the park will be closed to the public.


Marvin Harvey Pendergrass Jr.

Mr. Marvin Harvey “Buzz” Pendergrass, Jr., age 72, of Silver Creek, passed away Thursday morning, Sept. 22, 2016, at his residence.

Mr. Pendergrass was born in Floyd County on May 12, 1944, son of the late Marvin Harvey Pendergrass, Sr. and the late Estelle Sargent Pendergrass. He was also preceded in death by 3 sisters, Bobbie Pruitt, Lena Buttram, and Mary Yarbrough. Mr. Pendergrass owned and operated B. & D. Hauling, Grading, and Septic Tank Service here in Floyd County for a number of years. Prior to his retirement, he was employed with Hon in Cedartown for several years. He was a former Mason, Shriner, and was a member of Hollywood Baptist Church.

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Survivors include his wife, the former Dorothy Akins, to whom he was married on January 1, 1987; 2 daughters, Robin Pendergrass Atkinson, and her husband, Greg, Armuchee, and Debra Alverson, and her husband, Michael, Rome; 2 sons, David Gilmore, Rome, and Chris Gilmore, and his wife, Kendi, Knoxville, TN; 7 grandsons, Kyle and Luke Atkinson, both of Armuchee, Ethan and Austin Gilmore, both of Rome, Ben Alverson, Augusta, and Caleb and Peyton Gilmore, both of Knoxville, TN; nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday from 1 until 3 pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence. Services following the visitation will be private.

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

KKK rally planned for Oct. 1 in Rockmart called off

A Ku Klux Klan rally planned for Rockmart’s Seaborn Jones Park on Oct. 1 has been called off, according to a press release from the Rockmart Police Department. 

The release stated that Chris Bailey, who originally applied for and received a permit for the October rally for the International Keystone Knights at the park, asked in writing for his name to be withdrawn from the application allowing the organization to hold their event. 

Bailey asked for his name to be pulled from the permit on Friday. 

“Mr. Bailey indicated that he longer wanted his name to be associated with the planned event,” the release stated. “Mr. Bailey understood that, once the permit application was withdrawn, the permit would be revoked, and the event would be cancelled.  A copy of the written request to withdraw the application is available at Rockmart City Hall and the Rockmart Police Department.” 

See the attachment on this story for the handwritten note. 

Here’s the full text of the press release: 

“The International Keystone Knights event originally scheduled for October 1, 2016 in Seaborn Jones Park has been cancelled.  On September 23, 2016, Chris Bailey, who originally applied for and was granted an assembly permit for the event, came to the Rockmart Police Department and formally withdrew his application for the permit.  Mr. Bailey indicated that he longer wanted his name to be associated with the planned event.  Mr. Bailey understood that, once the permit application was withdrawn, the permit would be revoked, and the event would be cancelled.  A copy of the written request to withdraw the application is available at Rockmart City Hall and the Rockmart Police Department.”


Things to do in Cherokee County for the weekend of Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25

Saturday, Sept. 24

Cloudland State Park offers tractor-drawn hayrides every Saturday, Sept. 24 through Nov. 19. Rides depart Building Number 3 houring from noon to 5 p.m.

Collinsville’s 15th annual QUILT WALK is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-4. Friday’s hours will be Noon until 5pm; Saturday’s, 10am-4pm. Tickets, $10 each, will be sold at the Collinsville Public Library —located in downtown along Main Street and near the railroad caboose display.

In high school volleyball action, the Cherokee County Tournament will be played at Sand Rock, TBA.

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.

Sunday, Sept. 25

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.

Centre Church of Christ invites everyone to Sunday Bible School at 10 a.m., worship at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

New Bethel Baptist Church, three miles east of Collinsville on Cherokee County Road 1, will hold an all-day singing with the Jones Family beginning at 10 a.m. Dinner begins at noon and singing resumes at 1 p.m.

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.

Cedartown Library’s latest offerings in books and movies from the Sept. 21, 2016 edition

New books and DVDS are now available at the Cedartown Library, located at 245 E. Ave.

The list includes:

Rushing Waters by Danielle Steel

Puppet Master by Dale Brown Camp; Jim DeFelice

Texas Tall by Janet Dailey

Frost Line by Linda Howard and Linda Jones

Liar’s Key by Carla Neggers

The Jealous Kind by James Lee Burke

Always a Cowboy by Linda Lael Miller

Love Is All You Need by Jennifer Arnold

Crash and Burn by Fern Michaels

Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter

The Hawaiian Quilt by Wanda & Jean Brunstetter

Word 2016 in Easy Steps

New DVDs at the Cedartown Library include:

Ratchet Camp; Clank

Wild Kratts: Super Sprinters

Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles

Wild Kratts: Predator Power

Wild Kratts: Bugging Out

God’s Not Dead 2

House of Cards: Season 4

A Haunting: Seasons 1-6

Rise of the Robots

Mystery Beneath the Ice

The Last Man on the Moon

American Eagle

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