Independence Day weekend forecast: chances of rain, otherwise sunny with highs in the mid 90s

Look for a chance of rain showers over the weekend and into Independence Day as the National Weather Service calls for sunshine and temperatures in the mid 90s through the opening week of July. 

Today’s forecast calls for a 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4 p.m. Otherwise sunny, with a high near 93. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

Tonight: A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7 p.m. Mostly clear, with a low around 69. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.

Independence Day: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92.

Monday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.

Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91.

Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73.

Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.

Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.

Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 95.

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New Arrivals from the June 29, 2016 edition of the Standard Journal

Callie Lynn Vasser and Robert Chad Vasser of Cedartown announce the birth of a son Jax Asa Vasser. He was born on June 7, 2016.

Alissa Anne Blevens and Daniel Jordan Blevins of LaFayette announce the birth of a son Huckson Lee Blevins. He was born on June 13, 2016.

Tara E. Dabbs of Taylorsville announces the birth of a daughter Taryn Elizabeth Dabbs. She was born on June 13, 2016.

Kimberly Tant and Eric Lewis of Cave Spring announce the birth of a son Liam Lewis. He was born on June 12, 2016.

Jami Garrison and Joshua LaPann of Lindale announce the birth of a daughter Willow Jade LaPann. She was born on June 8, 2016.

Ajaeonna Ware and Richard Diego Stone of Lindale announce the birth of a daughter Royalty Aujany Stone. She was born on June 9, 2016.

Kayleigh Shoneil Becker and Destin Dakota Pervis of Cedartown announce the birth of a daughter Scarlett Rose Pervis. She was born on June 10, 2016.

Kiuana Shantel Anderson of Rome announces the birth of a son Khyzan Isaiah Le’Juan Anderson. He was born on May 8, 2016.

Ebony Wave and Trenton L. King of Rome announce the birth of a son Treyton Lee King. He was born on May 14, 2016.

Betsy Lockwood and Craig Cheatwood of Rome announce the birth of a daughter Nova Rayne Cheatwood. She was born on May 23, 2016.

Yenny Marroqum and Julia Cesar Jimerez of Rome announce the birth of a son Jayden Tiahgo Jimerez Marroquin. He was born on May 18, 2016.

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Rockmart man arrested after suspected child porn found on electronics

A Rockmart man remains in jail this morning with no bond on numerous counts after he consented to a search of his electronics and police found evidence of child pornography, according to the Polk County Police Department.

Detective B. Brady of the Polk County Police Department was given permission by Jedidiah Smith, 38, of a Rockmart address, to look through his electronics along with a forensic investigator from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. They found evidence of suspected child pornography on Smith’s belongings.

He faces 21 counts of sexual exploitation of children – possess or control any material depicting minor in sexually explicit conduct after he was taken into custody midday Wednesday.

“That’s what he was placed under arrest for, and once that was located, we took him out of his residence from there, obtained a search warrant and took the evidence in and sent it off with the forensic investigator, and he can do a full analysis,” Brady said.

He said evidence linking Smith to the materials found on his computer was turned over in the form of a notebook to police officials in Douglass County, who then called Polk County Police to follow up.

Brady said more work by the GBI looking over the evidence is to come.

“So there may be more charges coming following a complete forensic look at the items we took,” he said.

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The Tech Corner from the June 29, 2016 edition of the Standard Journal

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

Zuckerburg covering up cameras, mics on computer to keep hackers and surveillance at bay

Observers noticed that the Computer on Zuckerberg’s desk has tape covering not only the webcam, but also the laptop’s dual microphones.

Zuckerberg joins FBI director James Comey and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who admitted that they tape their webcams.

Edward Snowden leaks revealed that Optic Nerve – the NSA’s project to capture webcam images every five minutes from random Yahoo users. In just 6 months, 1.8 Million users’ images were captured and stored on the government servers in the past.

However, putting a tape over your webcam would not stop hackers from recording your conversations, so you should also cover the microphone.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 ties licenses to online accounts

Ever since Microsoft introduced Product Activation, the feature has been known to cause problems, display messages stating your copy is not genuine, deactivate PCs, and generally behave obnoxiously. Reactivating a PC that suddenly thinks your copy of Windows isn’t genuine ranges from a few clicks of the Activation Manager (best case) to a phone call to Microsoft.

If you upgrade from a retail version of Windows 7 or 8.1 to a free version of Windows 10, you lose the original retail license you purchased and are now tied to a single Windows 10 installation. You can download Magic Jelly Bean and store all of your product keys for future use. Be sure to print these out and store them in a safe place or in your email.

Facebook introduces advertising tracking

Facebook is introducing a new advertising tracking system that will guide users to local stores to buy the products they want — and report shopping information to the advertisers on whether or not their ads created increased foot traffic.

Bluetooth 5 specification to double speeds and quadruple range

The new Bluetooth 5 standard is expected to be released this year, with vastly improved range, performance, and total broadcast capability.

New Android ransomware targets smart TVs

Beware if you own a Smartwatch, Smart TV, Smart fridge, or any Internet-connected smart device? If your answer is yes, then you need to know the latest interest of the cyber criminals in the field of Internet of Things.

FLocker locks the device’s screen and displays a fake notice from United States Cyber Police or other law enforcement agency, accusing victims of crimes they did not commit. Demands $200 worth of iTunes gift cards as Ransom to unlock the infected TV.

Trend Micro says the malware is configured to deactivate itself in Russia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Belarus.

However, if FLocker detects devices outside these countries, the malware will wait for 30 minutes before requesting admin privileges for the device. If the victim rejects the request, FLocker freezes the screen, faking a system update.

“The C&C [command and control] then delivers a new payload misspelled.apk and the ‘ransom’ HTML file with a JavaScript (JS) interface enabled,” Trend Micro said. “This HTML page has the ability to initiate the APK installation, take photos of the affected user using the JS interface, and display the photos taken in the ransom page.”

Although the new variant of FLocker does not encrypt files on the infected device, it has the capability of stealing data from the device, including contacts, the phone number, device information and location data.

How to remove FLocker from your smart TV?

If your Android smart TV gets infected, you should contact the device vendor (phone carrier or TV merchant), or if you are kind of technical, you can remove the ransomware after removing its device admin privileges.

“Users can connect their device with a PC and launch the ADB shell and execute the command ‘PM clear pkg.’,” Trend Micro said. “This kills the ransomware process and unlocks the screen. Users can then deactivate the device admin privilege granted to the application and uninstall the app.”

Bionic Eye Surgery Restores Sight

John Jameson saw the world through normal eyes until a histoplasmosis fungal infection caused his vision to blur. A follow-up laser surgery to reverse the fungal infection damaged his vision even further, leaving him legally blind. After 40 years of limited vision, however, Jameson now can see again thanks to a breakthrough eye telescope and fine surgical work by Dr. Christopher Shelby of the WK Eye Institute.

Developed by Dr. Isaac Lipshitz of VisionCare, the Implantable Miniature Telescope was designed for those suffering from age related macular degeneration, a common and debilitating eye disease that results when the retina begins to deteriorate. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in the U.S., affecting more than 10 million Americans. Though Jameson didn’t suffer from that condition, the fungal damage to his eye was similar, making him an ideal candidate for the eye surgery.

The operation involved the implantation into the eye of a miniature Galilean telescope containing wide-angle micro-optical lenses. The mini telescope is implanted into one eyeball, replacing the lens, which is removed during the surgery. Working along with the cornea, the telescope can enlarge images to approximately 2.2 to 2.7 times their average size. This magnification allows the images to project onto the healthy parts of the retina, bypassing the damaged blind spot and restoring some of the patient’s vision.

With his vision restored, Jameson now can see things he could only picture in his mind — including his wife, whom he has now seen for the first time.

“Every day I wake up and I can see more,” Jameson said to Louisiana’s KSLA News 12. “The world is much prettier than I even imagined. I’ve imagined what [she] looked like and to see actually how beautiful she was.”

Free Linux All-in- One for Dummies eBook and free System Administration & Security Jobs Kit

Today we have a free Linux All-in- One for Dummies eBook and free System Administration & Security – Salary & Skills Report kit. These eBooks and reports can provide information about the current System Administration and Security job landscape and provide information and training in Linux. Call us and we will send you copy.

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Wednesday forecast: sunny, high 90

Look for sunshine to dominate the forecast in Polk County today, but expect rain showers to return Thursday afternoon according to the National Weather Service. 

Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies, with a high near 90. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 66. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. Areas of fog between 7 a.m and 8 a.m. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 90. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

Thursday Night: A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 69.

Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.

Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71.

Sunday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91.

Sunday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72.

Independence Day: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90.

Monday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.

Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90.

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Ensley: Tomato problems

Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable in the garden. Ninety percent of my vegetable calls are problems with tomatoes. Here are a few of the diseases and problems affecting tomatoes:

FAILURE TO SET FRUIT: Every year gardeners have tomatoes that flower, but do not set fruit. Abnormally hot weather, low soil moisture, excessive shading, or over-fertilizing can cause them. Be sure to mulch your tomatoes and keep them from environmental stresses.

BLOSSOM-END ROT: This disorder causes the fruit to have a dark sunken area on the blossom end. This can be prevented by adding a cup of Dolomitic lime mixed with soil to your tomato-planting hole. Maintaining good even soil moisture at all times by adding mulch can prevent blossom-end rot. Mulches are helpful for their ability to moderate soil moisture fluctuations as well as to eliminate the need for cultivation. A soil test in advance of planting may pinpoint a soil pH problem.

MOSAIC DISEASES: There are several viruses that will produce mottling and curling of leaves and disfiguration of the fruit: insects, animals, and humans spread these diseases. Aphids are the chief insect vectors and should be controlled by using insecticides. Animals and humans can also carry this disease from one plant to another.

Do not allow anyone to smoke in your garden. Smokers should always wash their hands before touching the plants. Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) can be spread from many plants to tomatoes.

WILTS: Fusarium and Verticillium can cause early dying of tomatoes. These diseases cause the plant to wilt even with good moisture. If you cut the stem of the plant the vascular or conducting tissue will be discolored.

Both of these wilts are soil borne and widespread throughout the South. These wilts can infect potatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, and many other vegetables and some ornamentals. The only solution is to use resistant varieties.

LEAF ROLL: This disorder is characterized by upward rolling of tomato leaflets on older leaves. Leaf roll has been associated with a specific gene (wilt gene). Symptoms are usually seen when plants have a heavy fruit load. Environmental factors that contribute to this disorder are high temperature, drought, and periods of wet soil conditions.

BLIGHTS AND OTHER FUNGUS DISEASES: There are a number of fungi that are important on tomatoes. Most of these can be controlled by regular sprays of recommended fungicides (Daconil, ® Maneb, and ® Mancozeb).

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Polk County Walk of Fame unveiled to public in Cedartown

CEDARTOWN — Dignitaries from near and far joined family members and onlookers Saturday to finally see what was hiding underneath the tarps at the Polk County Courthouse.

The statues that adorned the Polk County Sports Walk of Fame were met with applause and the audience got even more news: The Walk of Fame committee isn’t done yet with its work.

Committee member and city commissioner Dale Tuck said during opening remarks that locals are seeking to include Escue Rogers, a local civil rights leader and coach at Cedar Hill High School.

“Hopefully next time we’re here — and it won’t be this hot — we’ll be unveiling his statue, a recognition we all know is so richly deserved,” Tuck said.

Underneath black tarps covered for the week were the life-sized creations of sculptor Julia Knight who captured the spirit and determination of the first six athletes who were honored as the first in the Walk of Fame. Those included Howard “Doc” Ayers, Ray Beck, Edgar Chandler, Jimmy Hightower, Doug Sanders and Whitlow Wyatt.

Also on hand was former University of Georgia Bulldogs head football coach Vince Dooley, who said that he felt it a fitting tribute for Ayers and Chandler to be remembered forever in bronze.

“Polk County should be proud, and it continues to produce people that are talented and work hard,” he said.

Dooley said he felt that UGA running back Nick Chubb would also be a good choice to one day be included in the Walk of Fame when his career ends.

Dooley said he has gotten to know Chubb as the running back recovers from an ankle injury that ended his season early in October 2015.

“I think you’ll see a statue of Nick out here one of these days,” he said.

Ayers and Sanders, on hand for the ceremonies on Saturday morning, said they were thrilled with the work that was done.

“It’s fantastic,” Ayers said. “I never thought I’d live long enough to get a statue made for me and to have a football field named after me.”

Sanders said it would an honor to be remembered by his hometown with his inclusion in the Walk of Fame.

“It’s part of your life that’s enjoyable, and it’s nice to leave something of yourself behind,” Sanders said. “But this is especially important to me because I’m from Cedartown.”

Howard “Doc” Ayers is a former football coach of the Cedartown Bulldogs and was the first assistant coach hired by Vince Dooley at the University of Georgia, coaching the freshman team for three years. He amassed a 91-43-5 record at Cedartown High School, including a North Georgia championship in 1956 and the Class AAA football state title in 1963. Ayers is one of two surviving members on the Walk of Fame.

Ray Beck was a former football player at Georgia Tech and was drafted by the New York Giants, where his career was interrupted by the Korean War where he served in the U.S. Army. He eventually went on to play on the Giants 1956 championship team, and became a business and civic leader in Cedartown.

Edgar Chandler was a Polk County native whose football career included time at the University of Georgia where he played as a lineman, then a professional career after being drafted in 1968 by the Buffalo Bills and later with the New England Patriots.

Jimmy Hightower, a former coach in football, basketball and baseball, compiled a 159-63-5 record in football over a 27 year career at Americus High School from 1954-1971, then at LaGrange High School from 1972-1980. Over that time, his teams won two Class A state titles in football and three state titles in Class A for basketball, along with a state title in baseball in 1955.

Doug Sanders was a PGA champion golfer who got his start as a caddie on the courses in Polk County, teaching himself the game along the way. He was the first amateur to win the Canadian Open in 1956, and went on to win several majors in the late 1950s and 1960s on the PGA tour. He eventually joined the senior tour in the 1980s. Sanders is one of two surviving members inducted into the Walk of Fame.

Whitlow Wyatt was a baseball pitcher in the American and National Leagues from 1929 to 1945, playing in Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, Brooklyn and Philadelphia before taking on a coaching role as manager of the Atlanta Crackers, and later serving as a pitching coach for the Milwaukee Braves and Atlanta Braves. 

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GDOL to host recruitment for Express Employment Professionals in Cedartown next week

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help staffing agency Express Employment Professionals recruit more than 50 quality control technicians to work in manufacturing plants in Carroll and Haralson counties in Georgia and other plants in Alabama.

The recruitment will be held Thursday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the GDOL’s Cedartown Career Center located at 262 North Park Blvd.

Due to U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, all applicants must be at least 18 years old. Those who have at least one year of production or quality control experience are encouraged to apply. Also, they must be able to work up to 12 hours a day and lift at least 25 pounds of material. Since travel may be required, a valid driver’s license is necessary.

Applicants are encouraged to bring a resume and dress appropriately to improve their opportunities for jobs.

Job seekers planning to attend the recruitment are encouraged to visit to create an account and upload or create a resume. Having an Employ Georgia account and resume expedites the interview process.

For more information about the recruitment, contact the GDOL’s Cedartown Career Center at (770) 749-2213. The career center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To learn more about career opportunities, Employ Georgia and other GDOL services for job seekers and employers, and to connect with us on social media, visit

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UPDATE: Cedartown man previously caught in sex sting arrested for sexual battery

A Cedartown man who was arrested in a Walker County sex sting operation in 2009 is back in jail on a misdemeanor sexual battery charge. 

According to Polk County Jail reports, Julius Winfrey Peek, 74, of 336½ Jule Peek Ave. in Cedartown, was jailed on a charge of misdemeanor sexual battery by Cedartown Police. He remains in jail since his arrest on June 21. 

Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome said investigators received a complaint of the offense against Peek on June 16 and began looking into the case where a woman alleged Peek had forced himself upon her and touched her inappropriately. 

Newsome said the “alleged offense was relatively old” but that investigators found enough that his detectives felt it necessary to take out warrants for Peek’s arrest. 

Peek, who was arrested in 2009 by the Rossville Police Department, will face a probation violation charge in Walker County after he is released from the Polk County Jail on a $1,100 bond. 

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The Tech Corner from the June 22, 2016 edition

Microsoft says no to tech support company ads

For years now Remote Tech Support scams have been running rampant and scaring people into buying unnecessary support services. It appears.

Fake Windows Crash Tech Support Scams. Unfortunately consumers are treated like second-class citizen compared to the needs of larger companies. To see a company like Microsoft, take a stand for consumers is a good thing. Bing Ads prohibit the promotion of third party online technical support services to consumers because of serious quality issues.

Thanks to Microsoft for placing safety over revenue! Now they need to start tackling all of the adware scams and fake email offers as well. Maybe this will encourage the other search engines to do the same.

Microsoft says U.S labor board ruling may be problem for tech companies

Microsoft Corp has asked a federal court to throw out a ruling by a U.S. labor board extending the responsibility of companies for contract workers, arguing that the case would have big implications for technology companies. An August 2015 decision by the National Labor Relations Board expanded the definition of a ‘joint employer’ which could require more companies to bargain with and have liability for workers hired by contractors.

Facebook Messenger allows you to send and receive messages

Facebook Messenger for Android can now send and receive both SMS and MMS messages alongside Facebook conversations, and you can set it as your default SMS application.

From Facebook:

“We are enabling people to use SMS in Messenger for Android to communicate with their family, friends and phone contacts. What this means is you will now have the choice to be able to send and receive your SMS/texts in Messenger and will not have go to different screens on your phone to communicate. To activate SMS in Facebook Messenger, open the app, then tap the Settings icon in the top right corner. Choose SMS from the list, then turn on ‘Default SMS app’ when you see the option.

Facebook Messenger differentiates between your SMS and Facebook conversations with color, SMS being purple, while Facebook messages will be blue. Facebook notes that Messenger won’t collect or store any of your SMS conversations or data on its own servers.

Search your name here, Google won’t dare show this

Details about your past that you thought were private may actually be posted online for other people to see. Everything about you from major life events to your worst mistakes (like arrests and traffic tickets) could show up.

A simple online search can now reveal comprehensive information about someone, such as their criminal history, addresses and phone numbers, birthdays, aliases, even online profiles and social media accounts. Real, potentially shocking government records and more are all just a few clicks away. Anyone with an Internet connection now has unprecedented access to extensive personal details about the people in their lives.

New websites instantly deliver reports with personal data compiled from hundreds of millions of public records online so they can easily be searched by anyone. Anyone who’s a member of the site can go in and get the full scoop on the people in their lives.

Before sites like this existed, finding out if someone had a criminal past was very difficult. First, public records weren’t online, so you’d probably have to physically go down to the county clerk’s office and submit a written request in person, and usually have to pay a fee for every piece of information you wanted. Who has time for that? But with public record search websites like these, you can get the same information in just seconds. Now you can instantly search anyone’s public records all over America.

The Luma Router is almost the cure for WiFi blues

One minute you’re cruising the web at supersonic speeds, the next minute you’re tapping your fingers while waiting for Netflix to buffer. Or your bandwidth suddenly drops because the kids have logged onto Xbox Live and you’re forced to wander around your house with your laptop hunting for a decent signal.

As the Internet of Things expands, this situation will only get worse. That’s why router makers like Eero and Luma are promoting a multi-unit solution: instead of one big ugly router beaming signals in every direction, they use a handful of smaller units connected via a mesh network.

These gadgets are different than traditional routers. They’re easy to set up, using a mobile app. In the case of Luma, they also add something routers have needed for a long time: beefed up security designed to protect all the devices on your home network, along with some parental control features.

Today, Luma made its routers available to the general public ($149 for one; $399 for a pack of three). The hexagonally-shaped Luma is slightly larger than a hockey puck and available in four colors: silver, gold, orange, or white. The design is minimalist: two Ethernet ports (in and out), a USB 2.0 for attaching external storage, and an AC port. Two 802.11ac antennas (2.4-GHz and 5-GHz) are inside.

You start by downloading the Luma app to your phone and create an account. You tell the app how many routers you want to set up, what kind of place you live in (apartment or home), how many floors your home has, and where your modem is located.

Sidekick tells you when your email has been read

Sidekick is a plugin that allows you to track the precise moment people open your emails, It works by planting an invisible picture into each correspondence. When the image is loaded, I know the email has been opened.

Plus it tells a fair bit about contacts. For instance: how many times emails are read. If someone clicks on a link in the email – say a Twitter handle, Guardian profile or a blog – You are notified about that, too. Sidekick has an option to block people from using it.

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