Another scam hits Dekalb County area

The Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office is urging citizens to remain vigilant in keeping a watch out for scam artists and bogus phone calls.

On August 23rd the Sheriff’s Office received several calls about a “Sergeant Wayne Matthews,” stating that he is from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and that they have missed court. He is also stating that they are going to be arrested if they do not get pre-paid cards from Wal-Mart. This person is calling from a private number and giving the Court Referral number as a call back number, according to a press release from Dekalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris.

Every so often the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office receives calls about scams like this one. Some of the numbers they attempt to trace back come from a prepaid phone or an overseas number. If you receive a call like this or someone saying that they are from the IRS and that you need you to send a money order do not respond and call your local Police department or Sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Harris says “If anyone received this or any other phone call like this please be aware that this is a scam. The Sheriff’s Office definitely do not ask for money or pre-paid cards from Wal-Mart or anywhere. The Sheriff’s Office also does not collect any fines or cash bonds that money is paid and handled though the circuit clerk’s office.”

Obituaries from the Wednesday, August 24 issue of the Calhoun Times

Betty Raines

Betty Ann Raines, age 74, of Calhoun, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 at Mary & Martha’s Personal Care in Rossville.

Betty was born on Oct. 9, 1941 in Jasper to the late Harvey Keener and Mary Mullins Keener. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Raines, and several brothers and sisters. Betty was a member of New Town Baptist Church and retired from Mohawk Industries.

She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Blackmon and her husband, Macky, of Calhoun; two brothers, Larry Keener of Talking Rock and Leroy Keener of North Carolina; two sisters, Julia Mooney of Talking Rock and Sherry Cody of Jasper; grandson, Shaun Blackmon; and great-grandson, Drake Blackmon.

Funeral Services were conducted on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 4 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home with Reverend Clifford Free officiating. Burial followed in Fain Cemetery. Pallbearers serving were Terrence Greene, Brian Mooney, Kevin Wilkie, Jerry Wayne Jordan, Daniel McTaggart and Richard Sullivan.

The family received friends on Friday, Aug. 19 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

You may leave the family online condolences at

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Betty Ann Raines.

Willard Baggett

Mr. Willard B. Baggett, age 80, of Chatsworth, passed away Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 at Parkside Nursing Home.

Willard was a member of Center Hill Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Sue Baggett; parents, William Berrie Baggett and Lela Baggett; son, Clayton “Buster” Baggett; daughter, Melissa Marie Baggett.

He is survived by five children, nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Cremation services were provided by Peeples Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 8 p.m. from the Chapel of Peeples Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 5 p.m. until the service hour.

Peeples Funeral Home & Crematory of Chatsworth is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Willard B. Baggett.

Terri Autrey

Terri Autrey, age 58, of Plainville, passed away on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 at her residence.

Terri was born on July 3, 1958 in Floyd County to the late Albert Max Scott and Nellie Pickard Scott.

She is survived by her daughter, Pachis Berner her husband, Sam; brother, Roger Scott and his wife, Marie, and Troyia Scott and his wife, Wanda; sister, Sket Angland and her husband, Jamey; stepmother, Pam Scott; and three grandchildren, Alexis Owens, Aryian Berner and Blayse Berner.

The family received friends on Tuesday, Aug. 23 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

You may leave the family online condolences at

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Terri Autrey.

Paul Jones

Mr. Paul E. Jones, age 78, of Calhoun, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 at Floyd Medical Center. He was born in Waleska on Dec. 28, 1937, son of the late Vernie Andrew and Gladys Mashburn Jones. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Cagle Jones, on Nov. 27, 2013.

Paul was owner/operator of Paul’s Community Barber Shop in Calhoun for many years.

Survivors include his brothers and sisters-in-law, Luther and Helen Jones of Adairsville, Floyd Jones of Rydal, and Hoyt and Juanita Jones of Cartersville; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Services to honor the life of Mr. Paul E. Jones will be held Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home, with Rev. Hoyt Jones officiating. Music will be arranged by Sally Jones. Interment will follow in Faith Tabernacle Church Cemetery in Rydal. Pallbearers will include Anthony Jones, Austin Jones, Garrett Worsham, and Tripp Breeden. Honorary Pallbearers are Richard Weaver, Ray Erwin, Hollis Patterson, and Don Thomas.

The Jones family received friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, Aug. 23 from 6 until 9 p.m.

Condolences may be left at Funeral services for Mr. Paul E. Jones are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Barbara Smith

Mrs. Barbara Jean Smith, age 62, of Ranger, departed this life on Sunday Aug. 21, 2016 at Redmond Regional Medical Center. Barbara was born on Nov. 25, 1953 in Calhoun, the daughter of the late Haywood Pack and Roselee Silvers Pack. Barbara was also preceded in death by her brothers, Larry Pack, J.L. Pack and Lloyd Pack; brother-in-law, Charlie Ralston. Barbara was a fulltime housewife and mom; she loved taking care of her family and family that lived nearby. She was a member of Church of God.

Mrs. Barbara Jean Smith is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Larry Smith; daughters, Sherry Smith and Robin and Stephen White; special daughters, Shell Smith and Tonya Roberts; special son, Chris and Trisha Smith; brothers, Keith Pack, George Pack, Tony Pack, Hubert Pack, Ford Pack; sisters, Bessie Faye Ralston and Bonnie Lou Walker; sister-in-law, Glenda Pack; grandchildren, Jesse Smith, Eli Smith, Jacob White, Hunter Smith, Zach White, Jasmine Roberts, Gabby Roberts and Jackson Roberts; great grandchild, Gracie Pitman, several nieces and nephews and many friends.

The service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Barbara Jean Smith will be held Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 at 3 p.m. from Ponders Calhoun Chapel with Rev. Mitchell Gaston officiating. Interment will follow at Haven of Rest Memorial Park with Jesse Smith, Zach White, Jacob White, Paul Shipman, Chris Smith and Harvey Petty serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 at Ponders Calhoun Chapel from 5 until 9 p.m.

Arrangements made Ponders Calhoun Chapel 675 Jolley Rd, Calhoun, GA 706-625-7577. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

GUEST COLUMN: Clinton and Trump are both wrong on corporate taxes

Hillary Clinton thinks corporate taxes are too low. Donald Trump thinks corporate taxes are way too high. They’re both wrong, and the economic consequences could be huge if either nominee’s tax proposal becomes law.

Trump would slash the rate to 15 percent and allow millions of partnerships and single-owner firms set up by hedge fund managers, lawyers and other well-heeled taxpayers to also pay the 15 percent rate once they pass earnings through to their personal income taxes.

Clinton would hold the existing corporate tax rate steady at 35 percent but would close a variety of loopholes, which amounts to a tax increase.

The problem is that corporations don’t really pay taxes. They just pass them along to employees, shareholders and customers.

Raising corporate taxes takes money out of people’s pockets and encourages companies to send operations overseas, where corporate tax rates are lower. Corporations don’t suffer but the economy does.

That makes Trump’s tax-cutting proposals seem sensible, but there’s just as much danger in cutting too much.

Most economists say that a cut to 25 percent would let companies pay higher wages while reducing the incentive to move abroad. (President Barack Obama for years has proposed 28 percent, with a special 25 percent rate for manufacturers).

The U.S. would see little revenue loss because economic output would grow and companies would pay more tax at lower rates. Workers receiving higher wages would also pay more tax.

The arithmetic doesn’t work, though, when the tax is as low as Trump’s proposed 15 percent. Federal tax revenue would fall too much, and under existing budget rules Trump would have to find offsetting spending cuts.

Trump would also go too far by allowing the pass-through companies to pay the 15 percent rate. While it might seem fair to give them the same rate as traditional corporations, it would make inequality a lot worse by lowering taxes for some of the wealthiest Americans.

He would also invite abuse: Just about anyone could qualify with some simple paperwork. The resulting tax cuts for millions would send tax revenue plummeting.

What about Clinton?

She makes a big deal of calling on corporations to pay their “fair share” of taxes. It pleases the Democratic Party’s left wing, yet it’s illogical.

She dismisses reams of new research showing that workers bear most of the cost of corporate taxes in the form of lower wages. She also waves off the fact that corporate taxes make up about 2 percent of gross domestic product about the average for the last 50 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

And while it’s true that the U.S. in 2015 collected only about 10 percent, or $344 billion, of federal revenue from corporations, that number is deceptive.

Democrats argue that it was a much higher 30 percent in the early 1950s, evidence they say that unsavory lobbying and campaign contributions by special interests are what drove it down.

What they don’t say is that Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes expanded rapidly from the 1950s through the 1970s, making smaller the percentage contribution of other taxes to the national till. They also ignore the fact that by 1980, corporate taxes had already declined to 12.5 percent of total U.S. tax revenue.

Clinton also fails to mention another big shift since the 1980s — the huge jump in the number of pass-through companies, such as partnerships, sole proprietorships and limited-liability corporations, which also lowered corporate tax receipts.

Earnings by these entities, which account for about 95 percent of all U.S. firms and more than half of all business revenue, flow through to the owners’ individual taxes. None pays corporate tax.

Clinton gets it right when she blames the ability of U.S. companies to invert, or relocate their tax headquarters in low-tax countries, for driving down corporate tax receipts.

But at about $4 billion a year in lost revenue, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, it’s not a huge contributor. Keeping the top rate at 35 percent — the highest in the developed world — won’t fix the problem. Nor would it raise much money, once companies search out new loopholes to avoid higher taxes.

Her pledge to make inverters pay exit taxes and other penalties only adds to the incentives companies have to shift tax costs to workers, harming the middle-class voters she says she most wants to help.

To understand why, it helps to think about how corporations and capital behave.

In 1962, University of Chicago economist Arnold Harberger wrote that the providers of capital, not workers, bore the cost of corporate taxes in the form of lower investment returns. But that was when the U.S. operated in a closed economy.

Today, capital can easily move across borders to seek out lower-tax countries and maximize profits.

When that happens, investment leads to more modern plants and equipment and better-trained workers, which improves productivity and pushes up wages.

If taxes are high, the opposite happens: Investment suffers, productivity doesn’t improve and wages stagnate or fall. Even Harberger came around to believing that labor usually bears the cost of corporate taxation.

The debate these days isn’t whether wages are affected, but how much.

Academics provide a variety of estimates, but the consensus seems to be between 50 percent and 75 percent of taxes paid, says Kevin Hassett, the American Enterprise Institute economist who did some ground-breaking work on this issue. His Aug. 14 op-ed says the answer to today’s wage stagnation is lower corporate taxes.

Both candidates have obvious political reasons for their tax positions.

For Clinton, a tough Democratic primary contest against the socialist Bernie Sanders would have made a corporate-tax cut suicidal.

Trump’s motivation seems to be winning over the corporate executives and tax-cutters who dominate the Republican establishment.

They may think they’ve got the politics right, but they’re wrong on the policy.

Paula Dwyer writes editorials on economics, finance and politics for Bloomberg View. She was London bureau chief for Businessweek and Washington economics editor for the New York Times, and is a co-author of “Take on the Street: How to Fight for Your Financial Future.”


Cedar Bluff, Cherokee County drop; Piedmont maintains top ranking in latest ASWA football poll

Even though not all high school football teams across the state were in action during Week 0, there was still plenty of movement in the latest Alabama Sports Writers Association football rankings. The latest poll was released late Tuesday evening.

Surprisingly, Class 1A Cedar Bluff – which was last year’s state runner-up – slipped one spot to No. 3 this week without having played a game. Defending state champion Maplesville (0-0) held on to the top spot, followed by this week’s new No. 2 Linden (0-0), which leapfrogged the Tigers from the No. 3 spot in the preseason.

Cedar Bluff opens the 2016 season on Thursday against Chattooga, Ga. (0-0).

One other area Class 1A team held on to its ranking: the Spring Garden Panthers (0-0). Spring Garden continues to be ranked at No. 7 and will host Class 3A Beulah (0-0) on Friday.

Speaking of Class 3A, defending state champion Piedmont (1-0) continues to be the top dog after grabbing 25 out of a possible 27 first-place votes. The Bulldogs are coming off a dramatic come-from-behind 29-22 victory over Cedartown, Ga. in last week’s Border Battle. Piedmont will travel to longtime rival Cherokee County on Friday.

Speaking of the Warriors (0-1), they dropped out of this week’s Class 4A rankings after losing 54-28 to Rockmart, Ga. last Friday. However, they are continuing to receive votes after being ranked eighth in the preseason.

This week’s complete rankings are listed below.


HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLL Week 1 – Aug. 23, 2016

(First-place votes and record in parentheses)

Class 7A

1. McGill-Toolen (24) (1-0) 314

2. James Clemens (2) (0-0) 236

3. Hoover (1) (1-0) 229

4. Spain Park (1-0) 182

5. Bob Jones (1-0) 155

6. Hewitt-Trussville (1-0) 130

7. Murphy (0-0) 93

8. Central-Phenix City (0-1) 90

9. Auburn (1-0) 67

10. Lee-Montgomery (1-0) 19

Others receiving votes: Gadsden City (0-1) 14, Vestavia Hills (0-0) 3, Buckhorn (0-0) 2, Foley (1-0) 2, Mary G. Montgomery (1-0) 2, Jeff Davis (0-1) 1.

Class 6A

1. Clay-Chalkville (21) (1-0) 305

2. Blount (2) (1-0) 215

3. Spanish Fort (4) (0-1) 205

4. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (1-0) 193

5. Opelika (1-0) 174

6. Oxford (1-0) 127

7. Park Crossing (1-0) 110

8. Saraland (1-0) 69

9. Bessemer City (1-0) 45

10. Benjamin Russell (0-0) 39

Others receiving votes: Florence (0-1) 27, Hartselle (1-0) 17, Hazel Green (0-0) 4, Southside-Gadsden (1-0) 3, Minor (1-0) 2, Gardendale (1-0) 1, Homewood (1-0) 1, Parker (0-0) 1, Wetumpka (1-0) 1.

Class 5A

1. St. Paul’s (27) (1-0) 324

2. Jackson (0-0) 238

3. Alexandria (0-0) 205

4. Russellville (0-0) 191

5. Mortimer Jordan (0-1) 141

6. Beauregard (0-0) 118

7. Eufaula (1-0) 103

8. Etowah (0-1) 96

9. Guntersville (0-0) 42

10. Brooks (0-1) 19

Others receiving votes: Cleburne Co. (0-0) 17, Greenville (0-0) 11, Central-Clay Co. (1-0) 10, Scottsboro (0-0) 8, Sylacauga (1-0) 6, Calera (1-0) 5, Mae Jemison-Huntsville (0-1) 3, Vigor (0-1) 2.

Class 4A

1. Cordova (11) (1-0) 268

2. Madison Acad. (9) (0-0) 258

3. Andalusia (1-0) 199

4. UMS-Wright (5) (0-1) 197

5. Leeds (2) (1-0) 166

6. Munford (0-1) 101

7. North Jackson (0-0) 94

8. West Limestone (1-0) 80

9. Thomasville (0-0) 57

10. Fayette Co. (0-1) 45

Others receiving votes: Haleyville (1-0) 26, Cherokee Co. (0-1) 20, Handley (0-0) 10, St. James (1-0) 7, Randolph (1-0) 3, Satsuma (1-0) 3, Montgomery Catholic (1-0) 2, Jacksonville (1-0) 1, Tallassee (1-0) 1, Wilson (1-0) 1.

Class 3A

1. Piedmont (25) (1-0) 318

2. Gordo (2) (1-0) 248

3. T.R. Miller (0-0) 198

4. Hillcrest-Evergreen (0-0) 172

5. Opp (0-0) 154

6. Colbert Co. (0-0) 113

7. Montevallo (0-0) 108

8. Daleville (0-0) 76

9. Bayside Acad. (0-1) 68

10. Oakman (0-0) 47

Others receiving votes: Glencoe (1-0) 9, Lauderdale Co. (0-1) 9, Mobile Chr. (0-0) 7 Clarke Co. (0-0) 5, Randolph Co. (0-0) 2, Straughn (0-0) 2, Excel (0-0) 1, N. Sand Mountain (1-0) 1, Pisgah (1-0) 1.

Class 2A

1. Elba (27) (0-0) 324

2. Washington Co. (0-0) 213

3. Fyffe (0-0) 202

4. G.W. Long (0-0) 173

5. Lanett (1-0) 165

6. Tanner (0-1) 144

7. New Brockton (0-0) 104

8. LaFayette (1-0) 93

9. Cleveland (0-0) 65

10. Aliceville (0-0) 46

Others receiving votes: Ranburne (0-0) 3, Red Bay (1-0) 3, Gaston (0-1) 2, J.U. Blacksher (0-1) 1, Sheffield (0-1) 1.

Class 1A

1. Maplesville (24) (0-0) 314

2. Linden (2) (0-0) 234

3. Cedar Bluff (1) (0-0) 228

4. Brantley (0-0) 178

5. Pickens Co. (0-0) 147

6. Notasulga (1-0) 128

7. Spring Garden (0-0) 93

8. Sweet Water (0-0) 82

9. Berry (1-0) 55

10. Decatur Heritage (0-1) 32

Others receiving votes: Addison (1-0) 24, Georgiana (1-0) 12, Loachapoka (0-1) 4, Marengo (0-0) 4, R.A. Hubbard (1-0) 2, Lynn (1-0) 1, Millry (0-0) 1.


1. Bessemer Acad. (27) (2-0) 324

2. Escambia Acad. (2-0) 241

3. Autauga Acad. (0-0) 215

4. Monroe Acad. (0-1) 136

5. Lowndes Acad. (0-0) 123

6. Abbeville Chr. (0-1) 101

7. Marengo Acad. (0-0) 94

8. Fort Dale Acad. (0-0) 92

9. Jackson Acad. (1-0) 80

10. Morgan Acad. (1-0) 39

Others receiving votes: Clarke Prep (0-0) 27, Edgewood Acad. (0-1) 20, Northside Methodist (1-0) 13, Chambers Acad. (0-0) 11, Lee-Scott (0-0) 11, Springwood (0-0) 4, Pike Liberal (0-0) 2, South Choctaw Acad. (1-0) 2, Sparta Acad. (0-0) 2, Tuscaloosa Acad. (0-0) 2.

The Alabama Sports Writers Association prep committee members are: Paul Beaudry (Chairman), Alabama Media Group; Will Gaines, Anniston Star; Jonathan Deal, Athens News Courier; Gary Estwick, Birmingham News; Rob Rice, Blount Countian; Shannon Fagan, Cherokee Herald; Tommy Hicks, Citronelle Call-News; Ross Wood, Clarke Co. Democrat; Rob Ketcham, Cullman Times; Johnathan Bentley, Daily Mountain Eagle; Justin Graves, Decatur Daily; David Mundee, Dothan Eagle; Lee Peacock, Evergreen Courant; John McWilliams, Florence TimesDaily; Jeremy Smith, Freelance (Demopolis); Chris McCarthy, Gadsden Messenger; J.J. Hicks, Gadsden Times; Daniel Boyette, Huntsville Times; Ben Thomas, Mobile Press-Register; Stacy Long, Montgomery Advertiser; Eric Bacharach, Opelika-Auburn News; Shannon Allen, Sand Mountain Reporter; Jason Bowen, Scottsboro Daily Sentinel; Daniel Evans, Selma Times-Journal; Baker Ellis, Shelby County Reporter; Joey Chandler, Tuscaloosa News; Cory Diaz, Wetumpka Herald.

Not voting: Cathy Higgins, Alexander City Outlook; Josh Dutton, Andalusia Star-News; Andrew Garner, Atmore Advance; Lavonte Young, Talladega Daily Home.

Ensley: identifying common garden problems

Problems may involve direct injury, abnormal growth, or both. There may or may not be a remedy.

Some problems may affect all vegetables, others one crop, one variety, or sometimes one or two plants.

Some Common Problems

Failure of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant to set fruit (blossom-drop): If the plants are growing well this is frequently due to adverse night temperatures below 60 degrees F and above 75 degrees F. Also heavy use of nitrogen fertilizer will cause blossom-drop especially when applied at or closely after flowering.

Blossom-end rot of tomatoes: Caused by insufficient calcium when fruits are forming, rot is characterized by a large dry brown to black and often depressed leathery area at the blossom end of fruit. Calcium deficiency usually results from improper soil pH, excessive nitrogen fertilization, rapid plant growth, and drastic fluctuations in moisture caused by heavy rainfall or drought.

Poor plant growth and/or small fruit size of tomatoes: Often a result of using old, large or overly hardened transplants. Young transplants (5-6 weeks from seeding to planting in the garden) with 5-7 true leaves normally produce the best yields and fruit size.

Cucumber plants suddenly start wilting, leaves may show dead areas and fruit may be mottled: cucumber mosaic virus, a common disease problem in Georgia. Select mosaic-resistant varieties. Sudden rise in temperature or depleted soil moisture can cause wilting too, but plants will recover.

Poor or slow germination of seed: Can be several causes, like soil temperatures too low or too high, poor seeding techniques (too deep – lack of firming), maggots feeding on the seeds, birds, lack of moisture, too much moisture, soil surface becomes crusty, etc.

Generally slow or poor growth of all crops: low pH, low fertility, cool weather, lack of sunlight, poor drainage, too little/too much moisture, poor soil structure.

Lettuce and spinach going to seed: This is normal for these crops under warm temperatures and long days. Spring and fall planting and proper variety selections are remedies.

Onion bulbs fail to reach desirable size: Wrong planting date, non-adapted variety, crowding of plants or lack of moisture, especially early in growing season.

Irregular kernel development of sweet corn ears: May be due to inadequate pollination.

Planting sweet corn in blocks of several short rows rather than in long single rows may help.

Garden peas cease flowering: A natural occurrence when summer temperatures arrive. Peas perform best when planted in the spring or fall.

Off-shaped cucumbers (crooked, nubbins, etc.): Often due to a shortage of soil moisture. Cool temperatures at time flowers are developing can be a cause. Poor pollination due to lack of bees or low number of male flowers is another possibility.

ROME BRAVES RECAP: Braves extend winning streak with 6-3 win over Kannapolis


Final: Rome 6, Kannapolis 3

How it happened: Kannapolis grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first, but Rome made it a 1-1 game in the second on a double steal, with Justin Ellison crossing the plate. The sixth inning saw the Braves make it 4-1 on an RBI groundout by Jonathan Morales, an RBI double by Ellison, and a run-scoring single by Carlos Castro. The Intimidators made it a 4-3 game in the eighth on Danny Mendick’s single to plate a run and Cody Daily’s run-scoring single. The Braves added two insurance runs in the bottom of the inning for the 6-3 score.

Who did what for Rome: Castro went 3 for 4 with a pair of RBIs, while Ellison finished 2-for-2 with two doubles and three runs. Jared James had a triple.

On the mound: Ricardo Sanchez (7-9) picked up the win, going seven innings allowing four hits and one run while striking out nine. Corbin Clouse closed the game, shutting down Kannapolis for the final 1 1-3 innings for the save.

Next Game: Rome and Kannapolis are back at it tonight at 7 p.m. at State Mutual Stadium.

Radio: 99.5-FM


Cherokee County Arrest Report Wednesday, Aug. 24

Local law enforcement agents have made the following arrests in recent days:

-Tonya Marie Wells for failure to appear on speeding charge.

-Justin Blake Patterson for underage consumption.

-David Orlando Rodriguez for obstructing justice.

-Walter Louis Tucker on revoked bond, unlawful possession of marijuana in the second degree.

-Illya Stephond Henderson for domestic violence in the third degree and non child support.

-Micheal Roy Holcomb for failure to appear on charge of domestic violence in the third degree.

New books at the Rockmart library

New books and movies are now available at the Rockmart Library, located at 316 N. Piedmont Ave. For more information, call 770-684-3022.


All Summer Long – Dorothea Benton Frank

Charcoal Joe – Walter Mosley

The Defender of Shannara: The Sorcerer’s Daughter – Terry Brooks

Foreign Agent – Brad Thor

The Games (A Private novel) – James Patterson

The Highwayman – Craig Johnson

Vengeance – Zane

The House of Secrets – Brad Meltzer

Troublemaker – Linda Howard

Marrying Winterborn – Lisa Kleypas

The Emperor’s Revenge – Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison


Tipping Point for Planet Earth – Anthony D. Barnosky

The Hunting Ground – Kirby Dick and Any Ziering

Balanced and Barefoot – Hancort

You Don’t Have to Be a Shark – Robert Herjavec

Make: Getting Started with 3D Printing – Wallach Kloski

New Movies:


The Good Dinosaur

Gods of Egypt


Rise of the Legend

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Bubble Guppies- Fun on the Farm

Wild Bill Hickok: Swift Justice

Grace and Frankie (Season One)



Hail, Caesar

The Confirmation

I Am Potential

Sofia the First – The Secret Library

Ride Along 2

Cedar Cove (Final Season)

Local law enforcement, Rome Braves gathering supplies to assist Louisiana flood victims

Local leaders in law enforcement are saddened by daily reports of flooding in Louisiana and are calling on the public to help deliver assistance to families displaced by flood waters.

The Rome Braves will be assisting in the effort and will open the parking lot across from State Mutual Stadium. Police and deputies will be on hand to help with unloading of supplies and make the event more convenient for contributors.

The event is scheduled to begin Thursday August 25, 2016 and continue through Saturday August 27, 2016 with hours of 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. every day.

The Rome Braves will additionally be giving away two free tickets to every car for Sunday’s game as a special thank you to the public. Tickets will be available while supplies last.

The law enforcement event is being called “BLUE” – Benefiting Louisiana with Uniformed Encouragement

“The people of Louisiana are reeling from the loss to their state so it’s important for us to bring a unified front of kindness,” said Floyd County Chief Bill Shiflett. “Those folks really need our help and I believe this is a great demonstration of love.”

According to statistics provided by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, more than 40,000 homes have been damaged and approximately 30,000 were rescued from their homes. All of those people are in need of fundamental supplies we take for granted, Shiflett said.

“The flooding in Louisiana brings back painful memories of Katrina for many,” said Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter. “Though we cannot take the hurt and pain of the past away, we can do something to help soften the blow for the more than 100,000 people who have registered for assistance.

Chief Denise Downer-McKinney, of the Rome City Police Department, says events like this are uplifting for all: “With all the support we have received from our community, we want to pay it forward to the community and our brothers and sisters in Louisiana.”

AutoMax Rent-a-Car is donating a truck to use during the drop off this week and Scott Logistics will be shipping the supplies at no cost from Rome to Louisiana. Scott Logistics has been directly impacted by the floods; the Rome-based company is already helping employees who have been impacted at their Louisiana office.

Officials are asking for donations of toiletries, cleaning supplies, baby formula, diapers, paper products, new underwear in the pack, bath towels, wash cloths, laundry detergent, bleach, lotion, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, body wash, and feminine hygiene products.