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.

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