GUEST COLUMN: Clinton has tough act to follow

Who could forget it?

Donald Trump and wife Melania stepping away from the golden Currency Exchange entrance within Trump Tower and riding an escalator down, down amid a cheering crowd and the thumping tones of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.”

It was a pure Trump moment — announcing the death of the American dream and his plan personally to revive it by running for the presidency of the United States.

That was more than a year ago — June 16, 2015, in fact — and it marked a political season like no other. In a country where politics has been media-driven for generations, this has been one long media paroxysm now about to shake Philadelphia for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton has quite an act to follow as she takes center stage.

In the birdshot of cable news, social media, and internet broadcasting, both candidates are clearly defined: Trump, real estate mogul, brash celebrity, and master media manipulator; Clinton, experienced stateswoman, cautious chameleon, and policy wonk.

Trump puppeteers reporters and broadcasters at will — even as he disses them to his supporters, kicks them out of news conferences, and skips lightly over their hapless efforts to question what he does and says.

Clinton, bruised by 25 years in the spotlight, buffeted by one purported scandal after another that never pans out, is now deeply wary of the media, cautious in her public statements, fearing her words will be twisted yet again.

“Clinton by and large was and is a model of the old media rather than the newer,” said Randall Miller, professor of American history at St. Joseph’s University. “She’s been around. She’s old news.”

Clinton’s issue now is how to become new news.

“We never see the Hillary Clinton who is spontaneous and funny and real,” notes Kathleen Hall Jamieson, professor of communications and director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center. “There is a difference between the person described by friends and associates and the person we see in public.”

The difference? The media.

“Donald Trump is in the media so often we have a sense of who he is, warts and all,” Jamieson says.

That may be because Trump has used the media forever and now has turned the 2016 campaign cycle into his own reality show, as essayist and historian Neal Gabler has argued.

Trump is the star, the media are enablers or villains, and everything else is a foil — other candidates, their wives, policy, politics itself.

“The big story (of 2016) is Donald Trump, as a person, as a successful candidate,” said Miller. “He’s changing the process of electing a president. Everything is blown up. It’s unprecedented.”

The media environment was already in meltdown regardless of Trump. Social media has exploded. Traditional newspaper readership has shriveled. Newsrooms have shed reporters like falling leaves. Television has had a decline in viewers.

More than any other candidate, Trump has seized opportunity in this turbulent moment, going from about 3 percent in the polls the day before his June 2015 announcement to winner of the brass ring. And he’s done it by breaking the rules — no traditional fund-raising, lending his own money, eschewing traditional advertising, generating huge crowds at appearances, enjoying endless hours of free news coverage, sending an unending stream of often snarky tweets, and sometimes seeming to invite violence at campaign rallies.

Trump is not a candidate; he’s a walking news event.

Perhaps never before have the traditional media seemed so flummoxed and enthralled. …

Thomas Patterson, professor of government and the press at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, in an analysis of the campaign run-up in 2015, says Trump has satisfied the journalistic need for the new and unusual like no other candidate in recent times.

“Trump is arguably the first bona fide media-created presidential nominee,” he says. “Journalists fueled his launch.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders, often twinned in the media with Trump as an outsider, uses media in a traditional way. He presents himself as a candidate, not a star personality. He has used social media, but in a conventional media fashion — to raise money and convey ideas.

Sanders, says Miller of St. Joseph’s, “is benefiting from social-media tweets of his supporters spreading the word; Trump is generating the tweets.”

Journalists have struggled, seeking to frame this Trump phenomenon. Why has he not run aground on statements or behavior that would have destroyed candidates in the past?

Howard Dean was squashed for a simple, rally-the-troops howl to disappointed supporters after coming in third in the 2004 Iowa caucuses. But in 2016, nothing seems off-limits for Trump.

Gabler points out that “the more outrageous (Trump) is, the more attention he gets.”

Trump’s rise “may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS,” CBS chairman Les Moonves famously told Wall Street analysts in February. …

The larger point is that Trump is a celebrity. People have been watching him for decades.

Long before “The Apprentice,” there was Donald Trump, man about town; Donald Trump, wheeler-dealer; Donald Trump, rich guy; Donald Trump, divorcé. His nickname, “The Donald,” came from his very public breakup with wife Ivana, played out on the front pages of the nation’s tabloids.

The tabloids have taken down many past aspirants, but they promoted Trump and his celebrity world, a world in which anything goes — if it boosts circulation or ratings or, most of all, titillates or nourishes feelings of moral superiority.

Trump “has no sense of vulnerability,” says Jamieson — in stark contrast to Clinton, the more conventional candidate. Clinton, perhaps because she has weathered decades of criticism, often comes across as wary in public, Jamieson notes.

He says Clinton does not seem willing to provide access to the media. She avoids news conferences and minimizes interviews. Her media coverage, on the whole, is not flattering — as many analyses have shown. The contrast between Trump and Clinton could not be more stark.

“One candidate is compulsively accessible,” Jamieson says. “The other won’t have a press conference. She’s unwilling to take the risk.”

Trump knows that, to his base, he is untouchable.

“It’s the celebrity,” said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and professor of public affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. “His unpredictability. His use of language we’re unused to in politics. He’s making these statements and drawing huge crowds. Who knows what he’s likely to say?”

The big question for Clinton is will she take the risk and open up in public, says Jamieson.

“This election,” says Madonna, “is defying everything we’ve seen.”


Things to do in Cherokee County Tuesday, July 26

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.

The Centre City Council meets at 5 p.m. in Centre City Hall on Main Street in Centre. The work session begins at 4 p.m.

The next meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Education is Tuesday, July 26, 2016 and will be held at the Central Office. The Board Meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and items on the agenda include: 1. Adopt Agenda 2. Approve Minutes 3. Accept Exclusivity of Beverages Bid for Gaylesville School 4. Personnel 5. Approve Professional Development 6. Review Job Postings 7. Other 8. Robbie Stokes to Meet with Board The Board regularly meets on the first and third Tuesdays of a month at 6 p.m. at the Central Office.

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.

Kimoto Tech announces $6 million investment in new production line

Cedartown’s Kimoto Tech, Inc. announced in a press release on Monday, July 25, a $6 million capital investment project that will allow the film-coating company to progress with the advancement of new technologies and sustain their global competitiveness.

The Cedartown Development Authority approved a memorandum of understanding to allow Kimoto Tech to move forward with selling bonds to pay for their equipment purchases locally, along with an agreement to allow for a tax abatement from several of the local authorities when selling the bonds.

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Kimoto Tech, owned by of Kimoto Co. Ltd, headquartered in Saitama, Japan, is making an investment mainly in new equipment for a production line in the 110,000 square foot manufacturing and corporate office facility.

Cedartown is also the site for Kimoto Tech’s 13,000 square foot Research and Development Center.

“We are very excited about Kimoto’s capital investment project,” said Cedartown City Commission Chairman Larry Odom. “Kimoto has been and continues to be a successful model of an industry that not only excels in their field, but also serves as an example of a fine community partner and neighbor. The commission and the City of Cedartown looks forward to working alongside Kimoto in this project and in the future.”

The investment will include the addition of a Class 1000 Clean Room Compact Coating Line and multiple technology upgrades to the existing coating line.

“These improvements will permit Kimoto Tech, Inc. to support new advanced touch screen, display, electronic and IoT (Internet of Things) markets,” explained Kimoto Tech Inc., President Miguel Leal. “The rapid advancement of technology in recent years has changed the landscape of manufacturing considerably. Kimoto Tech Inc., is making every effort to remain relevant with ever changing demands for optical grade and specialty coated films. These two enhancements to our Cedartown manufacturing operations will permit Kimoto Tech Inc., to remain competitive in domestic and international markets.”

Leal said one line will be getting a $1 million equipment upgrade following several years of 8 major upgrades to the line. A previous production line shut down prior to economic hard times was moved out, and the rest of the investment will be spent on equipment purchases and facility upgrades for what Leal called the “compact line.”

New equipment has been ordered and is being produced, Leal said, and should be delivered and begin full operations in April or May of 2017, depending on how long upgrades take to complete.

He also said the parent company in Japan had previously considered a $30 million upgrade to the facility in Cedartown, but the value of the Yen made that too risky of an investment for them to consider.

The capital investment project was made public during tonight’s meeting of the Cedartown Development Authority. Kimoto Tech acknowledged appreciation for the significant contributions for this project by the Development Authority of Polk County, the Cedartown Board of Commissioners and the Cedartown Development Authority.

“These vital public institutions are making this investment possible through tax incentives in support of local industry,” Leal said. “Capital investment by public corporations coupled with local government support of industry will always remain key ingredients in sustaining a vibrant community. Kimoto Tech, Inc. wishes to express gratitude to all members of these two organizations for assisting Kimoto Tech, Inc. in establishing a future within Polk County and the State of Georgia.”

Georgia Department for Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr also expressed gratitude to the local boards and commended Kimoto for continuing to build on a decades-long operation.

“We are excited that Kimoto Tech, Inc. has continued to grow and thrive in Georgia for nearly 30 years,” said Georgia Department for Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “The local support from the Cedartown Board of Commissioners, the Cedartown Develop-ment Authority and the Development Authority of Polk County is a testament to the importance of providing resources to our existing industries as they are the backbone of our state.”

Kimoto Tech opened their operations in Cedartown in 1985.

Woman charged with having meth at the jail

A Rome woman was being held without bond Monday on methamphetamine charges including possession of the drug behind the guard line, reports stated.

According to jail reports:

Ashley Renee Selman, 25, of 180 Folsom Glade Road, is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drugs by a jail inmate as well as misdemeanor failure to appear and disorderly conduct.

Selman was arrested Sunday near the intersection of Brown Fox Drive and Brentwood Drive.


All they want is your thanks

They show their physical and mental strength and determination every time they answer a call. To our children and others, they are touchable heroes who are willing to put their lives on the line.

And all they ask in return is a thank you and show of support.

Cedar Bluff Fire Chief Shawn Rogers shared a few words on behalf of first responders during a recent prayer vigil held in Cedar Bluff Town Park.

The event was arranged by Julie Farist, a 2016 graduate of Cedar Bluff High School.

“We are called to love one another and there are so many people who are living by that,” said Farist. “And it is a scary thing to know that our police who are willing to risk their lives for us are not guaranteed protection. But with God on our side we are guaranteed that he will protect us and He will give us a better home.”

“Proverbs 18:10 says ‘The name of the lord is a strong tower. The righteous run to it and Seek God and you will be safe,’” said Farist.

“On behalf of the town of Cedar Bluff and the fire department I want to thank everyone for being here,” said Rogers. “I want to start off by saying that we are thankful for the brave men and women who act as first responders in our community and across the nation. We are grateful for their commitment to serve the greater good. From you comes their great physical and mental determination and strength and our young children strive to be like them whether it be a police officer, a fire fighter an EMT or a rescue worker and they want to follow in their strong footsteps. And I pray for the nation to see our first responders today like our children do as touchable heroes. They are right around the corner ready to help. We give thanks to our first responders because they have pledged to protect us in our time of need. We stand in awe of their ability to remain calm in crisis situations and to act with determination and purpose when faced with violence, fires, accidents, disasters, medical emergencies.”

“I challenge you that if you see a first responder to go up and tell them thank you,” said Rogers. “A simple heartfelt thank you goes a long way this day and time. It may not seem like much to you but it means the world to us to know that we are appreciated. It not only boosts our morale, but it builds up our strength and courage.”

The Rev. Mark Cosby, pastor of Cedar Bluff First Baptist Church, opened the gathering in prayer and reflected on America’s greatness throughout the centuries. He stressed that America’s problem today is not racial nor political but spiritual.

“Alexis de Tocqueville (Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville) was a 19th Century French statesman, social philosopher, and in the 1830s he wanted to make a trip to America because he wanted to see why America was so great,” noted Rev. Cosby. “They were relatively a new nation. He wrote a two-volume work called Democracy in America and one of the most famous quotes in that work, many of you may be familiar with it, is where he says that America is great because America is good. And if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great. And one of the things that impressed him so much were the pulpits in America and how the pulpits were preaching righteousness and how the people were responding to the message that was being brought from the pulpits.”

“When he looked at America, he saw the Christian principles that she was founded upon and how that was in operation in every steer of life,” said Rev. Cosby. “As we go through the 1830s to 2016, we ask the question what happened? What has happened since then?”

“As a nation, unfortunately, we have regressed from where we once were,” said Rev. Cosby. “And as I said in a sermon a couple of weeks ago, the Examiner did a report in September of 2013 and in that report they did a study of the effects of the Supreme Court’s decision in 1962 to remove public prayer from the public school system and their findings were quite shocking. You can go on and they gave statistics on how we have declined a nation. Illegal drug activity has spiked, sexual immorality spiked, teenage pregnancy, teenage suicides, incarcerated all of these things increased ever since that ruling came down and as I began to think about that, some of the truths that I think we need to remember is that government is a God-ordained institution. Therefore it should be regulated by the commandments of God.”

“The purpose of our government is to protect and to serve us and at this time I want to respectively ask if all of our first reponders, policemen, firemen, EMT workers if you would all stand because we want to recognize you for the service that you provide in our community,” said Rev. Cosby.

“I want you not only to thank them, but we need to continue to pray for them each and every day for the work they do because they put their lives on the line so that you and I can have a quality of life so you and I can live with the freedoms we have and the protection that we have,” said Rev. Cosby.

“Another thing we need to remember is this,” said Rev. Cosby. “Even though there is a separation of church and state, there is not a separation of God and state. We need to remember how God has truly blessed our nation. The Bible says Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. And we are such a blessed people even with all of the struggles that we are going through as a nation we are still a very blessed nation and we need to remember that and to thank God for all He has done for us.”

“And we also need to remember that God will hold all of us accountable,” said Rev. Cosby. “He will hold all of our government leaders accountable for the choices they make, for the decisions they make, for the votes that they cast, and He will hold us accountable for how we respond to government authority. We never need to forget that His eye is always watching and as the omnipresent God.”

“He will hold all of us accountable and as I began to think about that, I realized what Franklin Graham said was true,” said Rev. Cosby. “He is the son of evangelist Billy Graham. He has gone on several shows and he has said this that I have treasured, it is a quote I believe in and I stand for Franklin Graham when he said this. He said ‘My hope is not in the Democratic Party, my hope is not in the Republican Party, my hope is in God and if we as a nation are going to get back to where we need to be, then our hope has to be in God and in our Lord Jesus Christ.’”

“I want to thank all of you for coming and I want to thank Tammy for helping me put this together,” said Farist. “Brother Mark and everyone who came out. I just thank you so much I just want to pray that this world gets better. I just want thank each and every one, oru police and firemen, everyone who helps and risks their lives for us.”

Coosa senior selected to Army All-American Marching Band

Keiley Rowland, a senior at Coosa High School, has been selected as a member of the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Rowland will perform with the band’s color guard. She will join with select band performers from across the country to perform at halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl football game in January at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The National Association of Music Educators selected 125 musicians and band performers to participate in the event.

Students singled out for this honor represent the best of high school marching band members in the country. Rowland and others tabbed to participate were selected from hundreds of qualified applicants for their outstanding performance ability, marching skill, attention to detail, ability to follow directions and maturity.

“We are proud to work with All-American Games, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Army Field Band on this program,” wrote Jane Mell Balek, executive director of the National Association of Music Educators, in her letter informing Coosa of Rowland’s selection. “It has truly become one of the most prestigious and competitive programs in the United States.”

The 2017 edition of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band will be the 10th year of the program. Selection to perform in the band covers all expenses of students for their trip to San Antonio. Since 2008, nearly 1000 high school seniors have taken part in the All-American Marching Band.

Rowland is also a top academic student at Coosa High as she was recently recognized as an AP Scholar by the College Board. An AP Scholar has earned grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.


County Commissioners expected to approve several contracts Tuesday

The Floyd County Commission is expected to approve on Tuesday a proposal to add new playground equipment at three county parks.

The board is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the County Administration Building, 12 E. Fourth Ave.

Playground makeovers are planned at Cave Spring, Garden Lakes and Lock & Dam parks.

The Cave Spring project will cost $75,000, County Manager Jamie McCord said, while Garden Lakes park equipment will cost $110,000 and Lock & Dam will cost $113,000.

Commissioners also will again consider a contract with Safari Hospitality to manage The Forum.

Under the current proposal, the Atlanta-based marketing firm would take over on Aug. 1 and have a 20-month contract, through Nov. 1, 2017.

Commissioner Scotty Hancock, during the agenda-setting session Thursday, asked McCord to prepare a report on what the county is spending on The Forum now and what type of savings it can expect under Safari Hospitality’s management.

The commissioners will also have the chance to approve a contract with Plumbing Surgeon, Inc., to make sewer improvements at the jail.

McCord said Thursday the contract price would not exceed $276,100.

He said the money could be pulled from 2013 special purpose, local option tax funds, from the jail fund or from general funds.

Commissioners also are slated to announce that the county’s Fulton well project was named environmental project of the year by the American Public Works Association.


Martha Ann Pritchett Hobbs

Mrs. Martha Ann “Nanny” Pritchett Hobbs, age 81, of Centre, Alabama, formerly of Rome, Ga., passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016, in a Centre healthcare facility.

Mrs. Hobbs was born on October 3, 1934 in Cherokee County, Alabama. She was the daughter of the late Howard Lee Pritchett, Sr. and Ruth Farley Pritchett. She was a member of the Sherwood Forrest Baptist Church in Rome and retired from Klopman Mills. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles E. Hobbs, Sr., sons Charles E. Hobbs, Jr., Jimmy Davis, and Carlton Davis, brothers Jackie Pritchett, Howard Pritchett, Jr., and Joseph “Buddy” Pritchett, and sister Betty Ford.

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Survivors include: daughters Charlayne (Bobby Don) Rogers, Rome; Cynthia Banks, Shannon; grandchildren, Bradley (Heather) Rogers, Anna Rogers, Amanda (Jake) Lee, Jim Davis, Tiffany (Mark) Johnson, Christie (Michael) Mitchell, Misty (Jeff) Jackson, Michelle (Steven) Forsyth, eight great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren. Niece and nephews also survived.

Graveside and internment services will be held at 2:30 p.m. (GA time) Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at Pleasant Valley No. 2 Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Jerry Patton and Lynn Hughston officiating. The family will receive from 12 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home 2750 Shorter Avenue Rome, Ga., 30165.

Pallbearers include: Jake Lee, Roy Latty, Dee Miller, Kenny Farley, Gerald Farley, Stanley Rogers, Tim Ford, Shawn Rogers, and Trey Rogers.

Honorary pallbearers: Gunnar & Tanner Rogers and Cherokee EMS.

In lieu of flowers, make memorials to Alzheimer’s Association 225 N. Michigan Ave. Fl. 17 Chicago, IL 60601.

The family would like to express a very special thanks to the Cherokee County Health and Rehab Center and Alzheimer’s unit for their special care.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home of Rome, Ga., has charge of arrangements.