GUEST EDITORIAL: Kaine choice shows how much Clinton values competence

Hillary Clinton has fortified a political center that’s been under steady assault. Just days after Republicans in Cleveland nominated a candidate claiming that everything everywhere is falling to pieces, Clinton made her choice for the Democratic vice presidential nominee.

Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia is no one’s idea of a firebrand. A former mayor and governor, he is even-keeled, experienced and moderate. He lacks Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s rhetorical passion, and the choice doesn’t qualify as historic. But he brings steady competence and an openness to compromise. Both traits will serve Clinton well in the months ahead, and in the White House should she win.

Kaine offers a little something for everyone, yet not too much for anyone. Born in the Midwest, he’s a product of Harvard Law School. Like Vice President Joe Biden, he’s a Catholic with complicated views on abortion, but he’s pro-choice where it matters — on public policy. He’s opposed to the death penalty, but followed the law as governor, enabling executions to proceed. Having served as a missionary in Honduras in the 1980s, he speaks Spanish.

Kaine has spoken encouragingly of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the pan-Asian trade deal that would benefit all the signatories, including the U.S., while serving as a check on the regional ambitions of China. It seems unlikely he will bolster Clinton’s faltering support of the deal, but he should try.

A supporter of Dodd-Frank, he’s called for greater flexibility in regulating smaller regional banks, which are not systemically risky but face new burdens all the same. A member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, last year he joined Arizona Republican Jeff Flake in calling for a three-year authorization for military force against Islamic State, a necessary assertion of congressional power and accountability. Though he represents the home state of the National Rifle Association, he supports sensible gun regulation.

The selection of Kaine has disappointed many on the left. Clinton, in effect, resisted the temptation to make double-barreled history with an all-female ticket, or with the nation’s first Hispanic vice presidential nominee. She went with competence — and that’s just fine. Admirable, even.


Things to do in Cherokee County Thursday, July 28

The Farmers Market will be held in Centre City Park from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. All vendors are invited to participate.

The Family Care Center in the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center in Centre includes a Thrift Store open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Family Care Center helps others by giving clothing, food and possibly hope to families in their time of need. The Center asks for your help by supporting its thrift stores. There are currently three locations, the one in Centre, another at 5511 Main St. in Hokes Bluff and another in Cedar Bluff. The Center is currently helping more than 100 families per week and thanks the community for its continued support. Director is Cindy McGinnis.

Cloud Farrow teaches an Art Class Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Cherokee County Public Library Participants are urged to bring two Number Two pencils and an 8 X 10 sketchbook.

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.

The Tech Corner: July 27, 2016

The Tech Corner is a weekly technology news and advice column presented each week courtesy of Melvin McCrary at Ga. Computer Depot in Cedartown.

New Data Storage Technique

This new data storage technique could fit the entire Library of Congress on a cube smaller than the size of George Washington’s pupil on a one dollar bill.

Scientists at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has unveiled the densest method ever developed to store re-writable digital data. The method could fit every book ever written onto a flat copper sheet the size of a postage stamp.

Your iPhone Can Be Hacked Remotely With a Message

One specially-crafted message can expose your personal information, including your authentication credentials stored in your device’s memory, to a hacker.

The attack could also be delivered through the Safari web browser. For this, the attacker needs to trick the victim into visiting a website that contains the malicious payload.

No user interaction would be required to launch the attack since many applications (like iMessage) automatically attempt to render images when they are received in their default configurations.

It is difficult to detect the attack, which could leak victims’ authentication credentials stored in memory such as Wi-Fi passwords, website credentials, and email logins, to the attacker. A hacker could perform a jailbreak or root exploit to take total control of the complete iPhone.

Apple has patched this critical issue in iOS version 9.3.3, along with patches for other 42 vulnerabilities. Users are advised to upgrade to this version as soon as possible.

‘Lazy’ Ransomware Deletes Every File in Sight

Ransomware usually involves a malware program that encrypts files on a PC, followed by a promise of a decryption key if the victim pays a ransom.

Now security company Talos has spotted a variant where there’s absolutely no prospect of the scammers unlocking a victim’s files. That’s because delete every file in sight before the ransom process even begins.

According to Talos, the Ranscam software falsely claims to have hidden and encrypted files on a hard drive partition. It also gives a Bitcoin address to make a ransom payment to unlock the files.

This software then claims the payment hasn’t been verified, accusing the victim of lying, and warns that it will delete one file every time the victim clicks a button.

The best protection that we know of is to back up your precious data to an off-site location. All of the backup providers make it so easy. They do everything for you automatically and some such as Gdrive are free up to 30 GB data and photos.

This approach could mean more people don’t pay up for ransomware demands. That could threaten the business model of successful ransomware operators who have pulled in cash from organizations such as medical centers and police force, where victims conclude it’s cheaper to pay up than to try to figure out a way to break the encryption.

Fake Tech Support Scam Gets New Twist

A scam using on-screen messages that falsely appear to be from a user’s Internet service provider. It’s a trick with a variety of ways to profit from the customer.

For many years, scammers have been calling people on the telephone claiming to work for Microsoft or other computer companies, saying the person receiving the call has a virus. The scammer will then usually try to get the victim to pay for bogus tech support services. Most people realize it’s a scam, but the scammers know the idea is to call enough people so that even a small percentage of duped users add up to big profits.

New Virus Scam Claims to Come from Users’ ISP

A new scam involves an on-screen message with the logo and name of the customer’s Internet Service Provider (ISP). The message says that a system scan has revealed spyware and gives the user a number to call for assistance. Please do not call any number from an onscreen message. Please also note that your Internet provider (ISP) will never contact you to call them.

Scammers simply charge for a supposed “fix” to the bogus virus / spyware “infection”, with the possibility of the scammer taking the credit card number and selling it to third parties. Another trick is getting the customer to download and install software that’s supposed to “fix” the “problem.” This can allow the scammer remote access to the computer to hunt for personal and sensitive data, such as financial account details.

GoToMyPC Remote Access Hit by Hackers

Users of remote access tool GoToMyPC will need to reset their passwords after an attack by hackers. Although creators Citrix describe it as a “very sophisticated” attack, it’s simply another case of hackers targeting people who continue to re-use passwords on multiple sites.

Citrix responded to the attacks by making it mandatory for all users to reset their passwords for GoToMyPC before accessing their account again. When setting up a new password, Citrix recommends using at least eight characters with a mixture of numbers, upper and lower case letters, punctuation and symbols.

Spam King Finally Pays Price

A man once dubbed the “Spam King” has been jailed for two and a half years. Sanford Wallace’s sentence is for emails which were fraudulent.

Wallace was so open about sending spam, that at one point he even got the attention of lawyers at Hormel Foods (the company which makes Spam – a meat product), in which they claimed Wallace was breaching trademark rights because of web domains he owned that also had the name ‘spam’ in them.

Wallace began distributing malware and using pop-up messages to offer the victims the chance to buy what he called an antispyware program. That led to the FTC obtaining a $4 million default judgment against him when he failed to defend against claims of unlawful activity and he never paid the money.

He was also ordered to pay $941 million in damages to Myspace and Facebook for sending 27 million messages.

Spring Garden bolsters its football staff

SPRING GARDEN – Former Gaylesville and Crossville head football coach Brian Clowdis joked he wanted to be as smart as his longtime friend and colleague Jason Howard. The only way Clowdis could think of to do that was to join him.

Clowdis recently got his wish.

After resigning from Class 5A Crossville just over two weeks ago, Clowdis was officially hired as an English teacher at Spring Garden on July 19. He’ll also fill the defensive coordinator vacancy left by Barrett Ragsdale, who has moved up to become Spring Garden’s new assistant principal.

The Panthers also recently welcomed another veteran coach in John Wilson to round out their staff.

“It’s great to be back in Cherokee County,” said Clowdis, who has been a head coach for 16 years (12 at Gaylesville and the last four at Crossville). “You get out of something for a couple of years and you kind of realize how much you liked it. The good thing about this county is the camaraderie with the coaches. Everybody gets along, and that’s a cool situation. It doesn’t happen everywhere.”

Wilson, who has had coaching stints at Ohatchee, Piedmont, Saks, Cleburne County, Lineville and Central of Clay County, is also excited about his new opportunity.

“(Spring Garden) has always been one of the places I’ve wanted to go,” said Wilson, who lives in nearby Piedmont. “I know what a great job Coach Howard has done with the football program, and I know what great support the community gives all their sports. For me, it’s a win-win. I don’t have to go very far to have an opportunity to help some good people.”

Howard feels fortunate to add both Clowdis and Wilson to his already veteran staff, which also includes Tony Benefield, Damon McDonald and Dexter Vines.

“We’re blessed to have an administrator (Spring Garden principal Mike Welsh) who is pro athletics,” Howard said. “At some 1A schools, there’s the head coach and one other coach. I’m fortunate to have a full array.

“I’m excited about both of them. I think they’ll make the team better and make our coaching staff better. Coach Wilson has been in it for years. Coach Mac (McDonald) and Coach Benefield have been with me for years. Coach Clowdis, who has had head coaching experience for 15-plus years, and Coach Vines, who is young and energetic and can still get out there and run with the kids, it’s a good mix all the way around. I’m blessed to have all of that. I don’t take for granted that we have as good a staff as we’ve got.”

Not only do Clowdis and Howard have ties, but the former head football coach also has history with Welsh. Clowdis is a former student and player of Welsh’s back from their days at Gaylesville.

“I am really glad to welcome him into the Spring Garden family,” Welsh said. “Brian is a very intelligent person with years of classroom experience that will be beneficial to our students. His experience and knowledge will enable him to build the proper relationships with our students that will help them perform at high levels in the classroom. His coaching background and knowledge of the game will certainly be an asset as well.”

Both Clowdis and Wilson got their introduction to Spring Garden football on Monday. The Panthers hosted Gaston for a scrimmage before practice officially begins Aug 1.

“Football is football, no matter where it’s at,” Clowdis said. “I’m pretty easy to adapt to the kids we have, and it’s easy to adapt to what we’re doing here anyway. It’s a good situation. They’ve got hard-nosed kids. It’s going to be a fun time.”

Although Clowdis and Howard have known each other a long time, the situation was quite the opposite for Howard and Wilson. It was through Ragsdale that those two were introduced to each other.

“Coach Ragsdale, before he got the AP (assistant principal) job, had talked to Coach Wilson about coming over here helping out,” Howard said. “He introduced us and put us in contact with each other. Everybody I’ve talked to has really praised him and said very high things about him. The knowledge he brings to the game is really going to help us and make us a lot better.”

Howard said Wilson’s main duties will be coaching from the press box on headset, giving the Panthers an extra set of eyes to see what’s transpiring on the field.

“I’m a detail person. It’s something I’ve always been,” Wilson said. “I don’t want to step on anybody’s toes, but one person can’t see everything. What I’ll be able to do is see it all (from the press box), see some things that maybe one set of eyes didn’t notice.

“It’s exciting and interesting for me. It’s kind of like starting over, except I have more knowledge than I did back then. Hopefully I’ll be able to use that to help out in some ways.”

The Panthers open the 2016 football season at home against Beulah on Aug. 26. Spring Garden then hosts Class 1A, Region 6 rival Gaylesville the following week on Sept. 2.

Clowdis said it will feel a little strange coaching against the Trojans.

“I’m still tight with all those guys,” Clowdis said of the Gaylesville coaching staff. (Head coach) Kyle (Garmon) is actually my neighbor. I don’t know if we’ll talk much that week. It’ll be interesting.”

Ethics committee to meet on Friday to address complaint against Ward

Polk County’s Ethics committee will be meeting to address the complaint against Commissioner Jason Ward filed by fellow commissioners.

The open meeting of the committee will start at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 29 at the Polk County administration offices at 144 West Ave., Cedartown.

Previously, the committee met and took in the complaint filed by Commissioners Scotty Tillery, Jennifer Hulsey and Ray Barber.

Ward filed a rebuttal during the same meeting held on July 19.

The ethics committee is appointed as a pair by the chair of the commission, and one by the committee itself after it was appointed. It is made up of John Ragland, who chairs the committee, and Ron Ray and Travis Ragsdle, and all three are residents of Polk County, Denton said.

Former Floyd County Sheriff Wayne Atchley has died

Former Floyd County Sheriff Wayne Atchley, who also served with the Rome Police Department, has died following an extended illness, said Chief Deputy Coroner Gene Proctor. Atchley, 70, was found dead at his New Calhoun Highway home Wednesday afternoon, Proctor said. Good Shepherd Funeral Home  has charge of the arrangements. Atchley served one four-year term beginning in 1985.

Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter said Atchley hired him.

“He was the first sheriff I ever worked for. He hired me back in 1985,” Burkhalter said. “I enjoyed keeping in touch with him over the years and getting advice from him”
Burkhalter said Atchley had a good working knowledge of the streets of Rome. Atchley worked for the Rome Police Department for nearly two decades, Burkhalter said.
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Arrest Records from the Wednesday, July 27, 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.

Thursday, July 21

Ashley Marie Allen, 20, 1990 Owens Gin Rd., Calhoun, arrested and charged with criminal trespass.

Misty Marie Burns, 28, 131 Pine St. SW, Calhoun, arrested and charged with simple battery FVA, terroristic threats and acts.

David Glenn Green, III, 23, 34 Green Rd., Kingston, arrested and charged with terroristic threats and acts.

Will Wesley Tweedy, 52, 190 Hummingbird Ln. SE, Calhoun, arrested by CPD and charged with expired registration, possession of methamphetamine, suspended license.

Antoine Deshown Usher, 25, 141 Fox Hill Dr., Calhoun, arrested and charged with battery against a pregnant female, child support, cruelty to children FVA.

Cameron Adam Wesson, 18, 202 Singletree Dr., Calhoun, arrested and charged with entering an auto or other motor vehicle with intent of felony.

Ronald Lee Brackett, 37, 980 Redbud Rd., Calhoun, arrested by CPD and charged with criminal trespass.

Shamus Braden McNeil, 25, 24 Lemmon Ln #5034, Ellijay, arrested by CPD and charged with no insurance, no seatbelt, suspended license.

Friday, July 22

Joshua Keith Clark, 29, 717 Green Spine Circle, Calhoun, arrested by and housed for CPD.

Kristin Leya McMichen, 25, 265 Newtown Road Apt 13, Calhoun, arrested by and housed for CPD.

Corey James Ray, 31, 44 Stewart Rd., Jasper, arrested and charged with failure to appear.

Nellie Ann Smith, 54, 178 Tilton Rd. SE, Dalton, arrested and charged with probation violation.

David Spencer Deaton, 45, 346 Old Calhoun Rd., Plainville, arrested and charged with probation violation.

Saturday, July 23

Christopher Ryan Clancey, 34, 1057 Tenny Nelson Rd., Grantville, arrested and sentenced.

Jarvis Wayne Dunham, 45, 400 Peters St. Apt. 11, Calhoun, arrested by CPD and charged with battery/fimple battery FVA, terroristic threats and acts.

Stephen Edward Mealor, 22, 1901 Ridge Road, Dalton, arrested by and housed for FPD.

Zachery Labron Lee, 25, 233 Covey Rise Dr., Calhoun, arrested and sentenced.

Christopher Dwayne Wiggins, 38, 16 Harvey St., Rome, arrested by and housed for CPD.

Shane Noel Womack, 26, 118 Northview Drive, Calhoun, arrested and charged with probation violation.

Lee Odell Conard, 39, 1827 Sunnyside, Hiawassee, arrested by and housed for CPD.

Cody Austin Gonzalez, 20, 201 Colony Lane, Cleveland, Tenn., arrested and charged with open container, possession of alcohol under age of 21.

Carrie Amber Huckaby, 31, 1349 Redmond Cir. F-6, Rome, arrested by and housed for CPD.

Lauren Faith Sexton, 19, 1739 Morris Hill, Chattanooga, arrested and charged with maximum limits, reckless driving.

Jake Aaron Stappenbeck, 19, 467 Wisely Way, Ringgold, arrested and charged with open container, possession of alcohol under age of 21.

Sunday, July 24

Sherrie Paulette Bridges, 41, 367 Artesian Well Rd., Calhoun, arrested and charged with probation violation.

Adam Trey Emmons, 27, 110 Porter St., Cartersville, arrested and charged with theft by shoplifting.

Aaron Wayne Evans, 40, College Street, Calhoun, arrested by CPD and charged with brake lights, driving while license suspended, fugitive from justice.

Shaun Alexander Hall, 27, 826 Panorama Dr., Palatine, Ill., arrested by GSP and charged with driving while license suspended, maximum limits.

Steven Bethel Jenkins, 37, 485 Gaines Road NE, Rome, arrested and charged with probation violation.

Savarus Cortell Alexander, 36, 117 Inverness Trace, Riverdale, arrested and charged with driving while license suspended, maximum limits.

Daniel James Hicks, 20, 2379 Craigtown Rd., Ellijay, arrested by and housed for FPD.

Mitchell William Landress, 54, 836 Covington Bridge Rd., Fairmount, arrested by and housed for FPD.


Mrs. Betty Jean Rogers Bowman, 74, of Centre passed away Sunday July 24, 2016 in a local hospital. Mrs. Bowman was born August 10, 1941, in Cherokee County. . She was retired from Cedar Bluff Manufacturing.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M. (GA Time) Wednesday July 27, 2016 at Old Nazareth Baptist Church, with Rev. Davis Bentley, and Rev. Doyle Kerr, officiating. Interment will follow in Old Nazareth Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. (Ga.Time) at Old Nazareth Baptist Church, County Road 29, Centre, Al. 35960. Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, GA. 30165 directing. Please visit our website, to sign the online guest book.

Survivors include, husband, Preston Bowman, sons, Timmy Rogers, Centre; Harold Gene (Lisa) Rogers, Centre; brothers, Ben Gaddison, Donnie Gaddison, Ricky Gaddison,and Roy Gaddison, David Gaddison all of Centre; sisters, Connie Almond, Centre; and Margaret Hill, Piedmont; seven grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Bowman was the daughter of the late Bill and Ruth Gaddison.

Longtime Rome Lions Club member Paul Camp dies at 87

Meals at the Rome home of Paul and Eulaine Camp tended to have quite a long intermission between being plated and being eaten. And not because they were bad or inedible.

“He had to go through and name the entire family and many friends during his blessings and say something personal about each of them,” said Eulaine Camp, his wife of nearly 65 years. “It would take so long sometimes that I was afraid the food had gotten cold.”

Camp, the son of the late Mary Butler Camp and Paul Watts Camp, Sr., of Rome, was a fixture in the Rome community. He died Monday at the age of 87.

Camp was a man of service. For 63 years, he was a member of the Rome Lions Club, for which he held every office, including the highest office in the state, 18-A District governor. His most consistent role was conservation chairman for the Club, which provides eye care to thousands of children and adults in need.

“He’s been a savior to so many people,” said Bill Pinson, owner of Pinson’s Inc. general contracting company in Rome and incoming president of Rome Lions Club.

Pinson first joined the Lions Club in 1976, one year after Camp served as district governor. “He was very outgoing and always had a smile on his face. And nothing was ever a catastrophe. He was a great leader because, to him, everything could be worked out. Everyone knew him and liked him. The Lions Club is Paul Camp.”

Over the course of those 63 years with the Club, Camp won countless awards, including Lion of the Year, the Presidential Service Award, White Cane Chairman, Distinguished Service Award, Tom Bingham Fellow Award, District 18-A Hall of Fame and the Melvin Jones Fellow by the Lions Foundation. He was also a Master Mason for 55 years with Lodge 113 Oostanaula of the Free Masons, a member of Home Builders Association and a leader in the Greater Rome Board of Realtors.

Camp was a man of business. He followed in his father’s footsteps to own his own real estate appraisal firm — Paul W. Camp Appraisers — in an office off Shorter Avenue for nearly six decades before retiring at the age of 83. He was known across north Georgia and east Alabama for being fair, vibrant and a man of integrity.

“He was my main squeeze,” United Community Bank Executive Vice President Ken Guice said, with a laugh. Guice worked with Camp in Rome for more than 20 years on real estate transactions. “There were three or four appraisers in town that everyone knew, and he was one of them. He was a great, common-sense appraiser and one of those people who always seemed younger than he was. He made everyone feel like they were his best friend. He would always treat people the way you wanted to be treated and was so joyful and full of life. He was what you always hope you’ll be when you get older.”

Camp was a man of music, perhaps his third-greatest love behind his Eulaine and his faith. Taking notice of the many parties being thrown in celebration of servicemen and women coming home from war, he and some friends started a big band when he was 14 and they became known as the “town band.”

He loved playing trombone so much that he played with the band at Boys High School in Rome, became a member of the University of Georgia’s Red Coat Marching Band in the late 1940s, played in the United States Marine Corps band with the 108th Airborne Division and started his own big band with friends called The Georgians, which traveled all over the Southeast and continues to do so after more than 60 years of existence. He played in the Rome Symphony Orchestra for several years, although Eulaine said he once told her it sometimes bored him because there weren’t many trombone parts and he would have to count several measures before his talents were needed again.

But most of all, Camp was a man of love. He loved his friends and family dearly, and even people he didn’t know but helped anyway. He loved sitting on his screen porch or driving out to a vacant parking lot to watch the moon come out of the sky. He loved laughing and playing practical jokes on his friends. He loved Wendy’s Frostys and The Varsity’s chili dogs. He loved watching his children and grandchildren perform in countless football games, dance recitals, plays, awards ceremonies — anything and everything he could attend. He loved his Georgia Bulldogs.

He loved his church and his church family at Trinity United Methodist Church in Rome, where he taught Sunday School to middle high and high schoolers for 32 years and helped Eulaine (whom he married at Trinity in 1951) start the Rah-Rah’s group, which gets elderly residents out of their homes for social events. And more than anything else, he loved God, Jesus and his Bible, which is worn and riddled with scribbles, notes and place-holders.

Eulaine knows he is now serving, playing and smiling with that greatest love of all.

A viewing will be held for Camp at Daniel’s Funeral Home in Rome from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday and the funeral service will be held at Trinity UMC at 11 a.m. on Friday.

Katy Ruth Camp is a granddaughter of Paul Camp and features/lifestyles editor for the Marietta Daily Journal.