Doug Sanders golf club broken off, taken from Walk of Fame statue at Polk County court house

Cedartown Police are looking for help in determining who broke off and took the golf club from the statue of Doug Sanders on the Polk County courthouse lawn.

The statue unveiled just over a month ago was damaged on the night of July 8, according to Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome.

Newsome said there are no suspects in the case, though they know it was more than an accident since not only was the club broken off, but taken away.

Sheriff Johnny Moats, responsible for security at the courthouses, said video footage from the night of July 8 showing someone taking the club was inconclusive.

“There’s a tree in the way of the statue, and so we could see a shadow at night but that was about it,” Moats said. “We also saw a figure walk by, but we couldn’t tell if it was a man or woman, or if they were tall or short.”

Moats said his department is working with County IT director David Smith to find a new camera system to replace the current one in order to help improve security and ensure all the statues, monuments and memorials on the court house grounds have surveillance on them at all times.

“I want to make sure all these statues are taken care of and well protected,” he said.

In the meantime, the Cedartown Sports Walk of Fame committee plans to replace the club as soon as possible, and asks that those interested in looking at the statues now and in the future to refrain from climbing on the figures.

Newsome asked anyone with information about the damage and theft of the club to call the Cedartown police tip line at 770-748-3788.

Safety preparedness night is planned for Aug. 26 during Rome Braves game.

Nearly everyone has been taught not to take showers during thunderstorms, but few people know it’s a misconception that rubber tires will protect people in a car from lightning strikes.

Tim Herrington, director of the Floyd County Emergency Management Agency, provided some tips on what not to do during a storm.

“Right now, we’re in our severe weather season,” Herrington said, adding that it usually lasts from March to about October.

For anyone caught outside during a storm, Herrington said the No. 1 goal is to get inside. If that’s not an option, he said to present the smallest target possible and don’t stand under trees.

Although it’s safer to be inside a car than out in a storm, Herrington said not to expect the rubber tires to offer extra protection.

Many people think rubber tires cause some type of grounding action that will keep them from getting electrocuted by the lightning, but that’s not true, Herrington continued.

The best bet during lightning is to get inside a home or building and stay away from windows, he said.

“You don’t want to be in the shower, washing dishes or talking on landlines,” Herrington continued.

But don’t sit by windows or glass doors, or inside screen porches, he said, because lightning can still strike.

Herrington suggested people download the Floyd County EMA app on their cellphones or check the agency’s Facebook page for severe weather, road closure and power outage updates.

The app is free.

With safety in mind and National Preparedness Month coming up in September, the EMA is having a preparedness night during the Aug. 26 Rome Braves game at State Mutual Stadium.

First responders and EMA officials will be on site by 3 p.m. to give out safety and preparedness tips and will hand out different items during the game.

 

3rd annual Cross County Prayer event to be held

Gordon County residents and churches are encouraged to participate in a local prayer event to be held Wednesday night, Aug. 3, 2016 at 7 p.m. outside churches, schools and homes.

“Wherever you are, just go outside and say a prayer for our children and our country,” said Tundra Taylor, the event organizer.

The purpose of the event is to cover children with prayer as they go back to school. With numerous churches spread throughout the community, Taylor plans to line the streets with prayers. She wants people to see that regardless of denomination, everyone can come together in prayer. She hopes that people driving by will see our community united for children, teens and the country.

“God laid this event on my heart one night when I couldn’t sleep,” said Taylor. “I was thinking about how great our community is. Our children have many things they face. No matter which issue it may be, I feel they all need God’s love, strength, guidance and protection most of all.”

This year marks the third anniversary of the prayer event, which has expanded to include more churches and people from surrounding counties. “It has been great to see it grow,” Taylor added.

Taylor also discussed many of the challenges that school age children and teens face. Whether it is a small child leaving their parents for the first time, testing, peer pressure, bullying or trying to get ready for college, she believes they all need prayers on their behalf.

Over the past couple of years, supporters have contacted her about their involvement in the event. Some say they pray from their front porches and even in parking lots next to their cars. The important thing is to stop and pray regardless of where you are. She also mentioned her gratitude to Pastor Joe Hall, his wife Pat and Greta Hughes, stating that this event could not come together without their help.

For those who do not have a church that they attend, Taylor spoke on behalf of Ranger Baptist Church, “We would love to have you!” Ranger Baptist Church is located at 119 Church St. S.E. in Ranger.

The scripture that Taylor has founded this event upon is II Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Elmer Wayne Atchley Sr.

Elmer Wayne Atchley, Sr., former Floyd County Sheriff (Ret), 70, of Rome passed away Wednesday afternoon July 27, 2016, following extended health issues.

A native of Rome, Sheriff Atchley was born August 31, 1945, son of the late L.D. Atchley and Catherine Buck Atchley. He had been a lifelong resident of Rome and was retired from an extensive law enforcement career. Sheriff Atchley held numerous law enforcement posts and was dedicated to serving the citizens of Rome and Floyd County for over 23 years. Sheriff Atchley joined the Rome City Police Department in 1968 and served the city for 16 years. In 1985 he was elected Sheriff of Floyd County and served his community for a four year term. Following his term as Sheriff, he served the citizens of Plainville as Chief of Police in 1990. Retiring shortly after, Sheriff Atchley enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, entertaining and making people smile. He was a Master Mason of the Cherokee Masonic Lodge 66 and a long standing member of Yaraab Temple, Rome Shrine Club and twice served as Captain of Motor Corp as well as other capacities within the organization. He was a member of North Broad Baptist Church and will be remembered by his family and friends as a loving devoted husband, father and friend. Sheriff Atchley was preceded in death by his loving wife, Charlene Margo Trammell Atchley, mother and father, two brothers, Frankie and John Earl Atchley, sister, Cybil Atchley and a grandson, Christopher Bauer Greene.

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Survivors include his daughter and son in law Brennan Charlene Atchley Greene and Christopher Michael Greene of Adairsville; son and daughter in law Elmer Wayne (Chip) Atchley, Jr. and Torrey Lorene Sherrill Atchley; a grandson and granddaughter, Jace Blayne and Brynn Grace Atchley respectively, all of Rome; two sisters Libby Gilbreath and Juanita Rampley and brother Reverend Dewey Atchley, all of Rome. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive family and friends Monday morning from 10 AM until 1:30 PM, Monday August 1, 2016, The Church at Northside, 75 Floyd Park Rd, Rome GA. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 PM, The Church at Northside, with brother Reverend Dewey Atchley and Reverend Jerry Branton officiating. Interment will follow at the Morningview Cemetery on New Calhoun Hwy. The following gentlemen will serve as honorary pallbearers and are requested to meet at 1:30 Monday: Caleb Branton, Jim Stewart, Jeff Gilbreath, Kevin Rowland, Scott Knight, and Gary Jones. Please visit our website www.goodshepherdfh.net to sign the on line guestbook.

Good Shepherd Funeral Home is serving the family of Elmer Wayne Atchley, Sr.

Inmates recaptured

LOXLEY, Ala. – Officials with the Alabama Department of Corrections report that two inmates who escaped from the Loxley Work Release Center on July 25 have been recaptured.

ADOC investigators assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force apprehended thirty-eight-year-old Demetrius Larkins and Raymond Keith Robinson, 35, at approximately 2:45 p.m. in Gulfport, Miss on Friday. Also arrested was a female suspect who was with Larkins and Robinson when they were recaptured.

Lakeya Paige, 34, of Mobile is suspected of helping Larkins and Robinson escape. An witness saw the two inmates enter a black SUV in the vicinity of the work release center. Paige is charged with aiding an escape.

Larkins was serving a 25-year sentence on a 1997 conviction of first-degree robbery in Jefferson County. Robinson has was sentenced to 15-years in 2006 for first-degree robbery in Mobile County.

Both inmates and Paige were taken to the Harris County Jail to await extradition back to Alabama.

ROME BRAVES RECAP: Rome holds on against Greenville

Final: Rome 5, Greenville 3

How it happened: The Braves held on after taking a 5-1 lead and came up with a win on the road. Rome struck early thanks to a three-run home run from Carlos Castro in the second inning to make it 3-0. A bases-loaded walk allowed Greenville to get on the board with a run in the sixth before the Braves recovered with two runs in the top of the seventh. A sac fly by Kevin Josephina brought in Castro, and Darien McLemore hit an RBI single. Greenville fought back and scored twice in the eighth inning before Rome’s pitching was able to secure the win.

Who did what for Rome: Castro went 2 for 4 with two runs scored, Jonathan Morales went 2 for 4, and McLemore and Justin Ellison each went 2 for 5. Josephina had a triple

On the mound: Patrick Weigel (7-4) got out of some trouble early on and picked up the win after striking out seven while allowing three hits and one earned run in 5 1-3 innings. Devan Watts earned his third save.

Next Game: Rome continues its four-game series in Greenville tonight at 7:05 p.m.

Radio: 99.5-FM

Next Homestand: The Braves return to State Mutual Stadium on Monday to begin a full week at home.

 

Things to do in Cherokee County for the weekend of Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31,

Saturday, July 30

The Fourth Annual Trooper Run will be held at the Richard Russell Regional Airport in Rome, Ga.

A gathering of arrowhead and spear point making artisans will occur at the Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 29 to 31, 2016 from 10 AM to 4 PM. This knap-in will be a wonderful opportunity for the public to learn how early people made their stone tools and weapons by watching experts work, hearing about their crafts, and looking at their art. Arrowheads and spear points made by these modern-day artisans will be available for purchase. Only modern artist’s work, tools, and raw materials may be sold or exhibited. No artifacts or fossils will be bought, sold, or exhibited. Collecting anything in the park is illegal. People wishing to participate as flintknappers and vendors must register. Register with Larry Beane at 256-845-9605, or larry_beane@nps.gov. Lodging and food are available at DeSoto State Park, Fort Payne, Centre, and Cedar Bluff. Park Superintendent Steve Black and Canyon Center Director Pete Conroy invite the public to come out and enjoy the free event. For more information, or to register call (256)845-9605 or e-mail larry_beane@nps.gov. You can follow our updates and find park pictures on Facebook at “lirinps”.

Mars Shaved Ice, 1100 West Main St. in Centre, is having a grand opening Saturday, July 30, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. CDT. The event will feature some of your favorite snacks at bargain prices, including iceys, chips, popcorn, hotdogs and cotton candy, a face painting game, duck pond game, corn hole game and pictures with The Alien.

Visit the beautiful Rock Village, home of some of the best hiking and rock climbing throughout the world. Enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery. Go to the intersection of U.S. Highway, to the intersection of County Road 36 and County Road 70, turn left and follow 411 and Highway 68 in Leesburg, turn right, turn left on Cherokee County 36 the signs.

Visit the historical Cornwall Furnace on Cherokee County Road 92 in Cedar Bluff.

Sunday, July 31

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Sand Rock is having a Revival July 31(10 a.m. and 6 p.m.) and Aug. 1-3 (7 p.m.) with evangelist Dewayne Boyd. Youth services will be held Sunday morning and Sunday night.

SALEM BAPTIST CHURCH on Cherokee County Road 8 in the Bluffton Community, Piedmont, is having a Fifth Sunday Night Singing Sunday, July 31. Featured singers will be The Sharps from Fort Payne. The fellowship meal begins at 5 p.m. and singing begins at 6 p.m. Pastor Brother Michael Anderson and church family invites everyone to come join them in a wonderful night of fellowship and singing praises to our Lord.

A gathering of arrowhead and spear point making artisans will occur at the Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 29 to 31, 2016 from 10 AM to 4 PM. This knap-in will be a wonderful opportunity for the public to learn how early people made their stone tools and weapons by watching experts work, hearing about their crafts, and looking at their art. Arrowheads and spear points made by these modern-day artisans will be available for purchase. Only modern artist’s work, tools, and raw materials may be sold or exhibited. No artifacts or fossils will be bought, sold, or exhibited. Collecting anything in the park is illegal. People wishing to participate as flintknappers and vendors must register. Register with Larry Beane at 256-845-9605, or larry_beane@nps.gov. Lodging and food are available at DeSoto State Park, Fort Payne, Centre, and Cedar Bluff. Park Superintendent Steve Black and Canyon Center Director Pete Conroy invite the public to come out and enjoy the free event. For more information, or to register call (256)845-9605 or e-mail larry_beane@nps.gov. You can follow our updates and find park pictures on Facebook at “lirinps”.

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.

RCAC lists new events for kids

A full calendar of events for the kids is scheduled at Rockmart Cultural Arts Center during the next several weeks. These include:

Saturday Sew – Along will be held from 10 to 11 :30 a.m. Aug. 13, 2016. Kids can learn how to sew a minion from felt for a fee of $15 per person. Materials are included.

Saturday Craft – Along is scheduled Aug. 20, 2016 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.. You can create a pouch or purse with duct tape. The fee is $15 per person. Please bring your own duct tape – 2-3 rolls).

Saturday Paint – Along will be held Aug. 27, 2016, 10 – 11:30 a.m.; create a pool, close-up canvas painting of a dragon’s eye; $15 per person, materials are included.

S.O.A.R. – Summer Of Art in Rockmart: Stop in the RCAC Art Gallery on Fridays or Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to view the exhibit now through August 13, 2016.

Calling Artists

“Spirituality” – Express your spirituality with your art. All medium accepted for consideration from artists 18 and older. Deadline for submissions is July 29, 2016.

If you have any questions, please email rcac@rockmart-ga.gov or call Visual Arts Chair Laura Robinson at 770-684-7578.

Elvis: Through the Years: A special presentation, starring Bill J. Brooks with guest performers David and Brantly Mixon, will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 in The Arts Center Theatre, 116 East Elm Street, Rockmart.

Included will be the following decades:

1950s – The world is introduced to Elvis Presley

1960s – The comeback of Elvis after the movies

1970s – The Vegas Concert Tour years

Tickets are available for purchase at

City of Rockmart, 316 N. Piedmont Ave., Rockmart,

Linda’s Place Restaurant, 480 Nathan Dean Bypass, Rockmart,

Martin’s Styling Center, 409 N. Main St., Cedartown,

Rockmart Art Restora-tion, 100 S. Marble St., Rockmart. For more information about the show, call Bill or Wanda at 662-871-9060 or 470-999-1544.

Obituaries from the Saturday, July 30, 2016 issue of the Calhoun Times

Annell Densmore

Annell Clark Densmore, age 86 of Calhoun, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Golden Living Center.

Annell was born on Jan. 7, 1930 in Gordon County to the late L.M. Clark and Annie Harrelson Clark. She was a member of Echota Baptist Church, and retired from the textile industry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, M.C. Densmore.

She is survived by her daughter, Diane Kelly of Sandy Springs; three sons, Don Howerton and his wife, Judy, of Rome; Lynn Howerton and his wife, Sandra, of Adairsville; and David Howerton and his wife, Judy, of Sugar Valley; ten grandchildren, Peter Howerton and his wife, Shawn, of Milton; Scott Howerton and his wife, Lindy, of Kennesaw; Jay Carroll of Sandy Springs; Todd Carroll and his wife, Lisa, of South Carolina; Jeremy Howerton and his wife, Lindsey, of Taylorsville; Brandon Howerton and his wife, Tiffany, of Adairsville; Aimee Nicholas and her husband, Dylan, of New Hampshire; Justin Howerton of Sugar Valley; Tessa Fowler and Tabb Fowler and his wife, Kristina, of Sugar Valley; and fifteen great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Sunday, July 31 at 2:30 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home with Reverend Mitch Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in Chandler Cemetery with grandsons serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends on Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. until the funeral hour at 2:30 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

You may leave the family online condolences at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Annell Clark Densmore.

Johnny Carter

Mr. Johnny Fred Carter, age 69, of Rome, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at a local hospital.

Mr. Carter was born in Calhoun on June 5, 1947, son of the late Fred Carter and the late Jean Dyer Carter. He was a 1965 graduate of Calhoun High School and was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving during the Vietnam War.

Johnny was an American musician, songwriter, recording studio owner, and record and TV producer. In the late 1980’s, he created a syndicated radio program called “Yesterday in Gospel Music.” In 1988, Johnny formed The Classics Quartet, which traveled professionally for three years, and produced as well as hosted the syndicated TV program “Sing To The Lord” in 87 markets. He was inducted to the Tri State Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Shiflett Carter, to whom he was married on Aug. 4, 1975; four sons, Dustin Odom and his wife, Jennifer, Todd Odom, Jeff Carter and Kenny Carter; six grandchildren, Luke Odom, Joshua Carter, Anastasia Ramsey, Veronica Carter, Kaitlyn Eaton and Allison Carter; two great grandchildren; two sisters, Sandra Rollins and Lynn Greene; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at 12 noon in the chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Dr. Rodger Whorton, Rev. Mikel Garrett and Rev. Brandon Bruce officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service time. At other hours, they will be at their respective residences.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.

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

Aimee Lacey

Aimee Champion Lacey, founder of Lacey-Champion, Inc., one of the finest hand tufted rug manufacturers, passed away Monday July 25, 2016 at her residence in Fairmount. She was 94.

Mrs. Lacey was born near Fairmount in 1922, and was the daughter of the late Lela Pettit Champion and Nathanial Champion. She spent all of her life in the Fairmount area. A pioneer in the hand tufting industry, Mrs. Lacey founded Lacey-Champion Carpets in 1961 following employment with her brother-in-law, Edward Davis Lacey, Sr. of E.D. Lacey Mills. Mrs. Lacey’s strong creative talents and business acumen helped guide Lacey-Champion into one of the finest custom rug manufacturers in the world. The prestigious company’s rugs were installed in fine residences, hotels, state capitols, governor’s mansions and the White House.

Mrs. Lacey cared deeply for her community, including those employed at Lacey- Champion, Inc. She felt a strong commitment to build a trusting environment among her employees, and guided them with conviction. Bi-annually, she held a company-wide party, abundant with food and games, to celebrate the dedication of her employees. Lauded for her talent and vision, Mrs. Lacey was also committed to the community in which she was raised and loved so much.

Assisting in the improvement of Fairmount’s community areas was one of the many things Mrs. Lacey valued. As she has been quoted, “Fairmount has given me friendship, love, opportunity and security. I have everything I need right here in Fairmount.” Through the years, Aimee Lacey was involved in many civic organizations including the Fairmount City Council, Gordon County Chamber of Commerce, an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers and an active member of the Fairmount First Baptist Church.

Aimee Lacey was married to the love of her life for 62 years, James Alfred Lacey, who preceded her in death. Together they had one son, James Allen Lacey, MD, who was married to Meredith David Lacey, both deceased. Also preceding her in death were her siblings Opal Champion Shirley and her husband, Bursey F. Shirley, Ruby Jo Champion Cooley and her husband, William Stacey Cooley, Nathanial R. Champion and Aaron Brady Champion and his wife, Christine Rogers Champion.

Survivors are two grandchildren, Marjette Lacey McDonnell and her husband, James P. McDonnell, of Atlanta, Georgia, and Mitchell Todd Lacey of Longwood, Fla.; along with five great-grandchildren Elizabeth Austin McDonnell of New York, N.Y., Reilly Ann McDonnell of Washington, D.C., James Patrick McDonnell, Jr., of Atlanta, James Allen Lacey II and William Brady Lacey both of Longwood, Fla. She will also be missed by many nieces and nephews.

The Lacey family will receive friends on Friday, July 29, 2016 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 11 a.m. from the Calhoun First Baptist Church. The Reverend Dr. Bert Vaughn will officiate. Burial will follow the service in the family plot at Fain Cemetery. Pallbearers are Bo Ackerman, Nat Ackerman, Patrick McDonnell, Allen Lacey, Patrick Richardson, and Tyler Richardson. Honorary pallbearers are Jeff Champion, Michael Gibson, Jimmy Clark, and Tyrone Wilson. Mrs. Lacey’s body will lie in state at the church on Saturday from 10 until 11 a.m.

For memorials, the family suggests The American Cancer Society, 3380 Chastain Meadows Parkway NW, Suite 200, Kennesaw, Georgia 30144, or online at www.cancer.org. Friends may sign the online guest register at www.maxbrannonandsons.com.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

MR. DOYLE LEE WEEKS

Mr. Doyle Lee Weeks, Sr., 78 of Centre, passed away Wednesday July 27, 2016 in Floyd Medical Center in Rome. Mr. Weeks was a native of Cherokee County, was retired from Cherokee Electric Co-op and was a member of the Calcedonia Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 2 P.M. at the Perry Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ted Elrod and Tommy Hester officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Knoll Cemetery in Rome. Perry Funeral Home directing. www.perryfuneral.net.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Lambert Weeks; son, Lee (Debbie) Weeks of Leesburg; daughters, Tammy (GW) Baine of Fort Payne, Tina Lindsey and Micky Weeks of Centre; sister, Joyce Jacobson of Rome, five grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Weeks was the son of the late Clifford and Myrtle Reece Weeks.