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Reports into our information center state that at around 6:30 Monday evening a man and woman who were walking in the 700 block of Hall Memorial Road were struck by what was described only to us as a gray Dodge pickup truck. The pedestrians were checked out at the scene bye Gordon EMS and were said to be okay. The truck did not stop, and is being sought after by authorities.

A judge ruled a Dalton man’s use of deadly force was lawful and in self-defense when he fatally shot a woman at an Oak Grove hotel and a murder charge against the man was dismissed Monday in a Kentucky Courtroom. Octavious D. Ludwig, 23, was emotional as Judge John Atkins dismissed the murder charge against him for the April 20 death of 22-year-old Roshanda Hayden, Millington, Tenn., at the Days Inn on Auburn Street in Oak Grove. Jones disagreed there was any probable cause for Ludwig to be charged with murder.

In Floyd Co. Superior Court, jurors will determine the mental competency of Denver Fenton Allen, Cartersville. The trial is to see if he is competent to stand trial for the murder of fellow inmate, Stephen Rudolph Nalley, who he allegedly murdered at the Floyd County Jail in August, 2015. On Monday, Allen shouted obscenities as attorneys questioned potential jurors. Allen was taken from the courtroom. Doctors from Central State Hospital in Milledgeville are expected to testify. Allen had an outburst when pretrial publicity was brought up about a confrontation between Allen and Judge Bryant Durham which has since been turned into a cartoon with over 22 million views on YouTube.

In case you missed the results of last Tuesday's General Municipal Election in Calhoun and Gordon County, For Calhoun City Council Post 3, Challenger George Crowley defeated incumbent Matt Barton. A runoff between Ray Denmon and Alvin Long for City Council Post 4, and between Michael Austin and Randy Barron for Resaca Town Council Post 3 will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 5; SPLOST passed with more than 77 percent of the vote.
CLICK IT OR TICKET!
During the Holiday Season the Calhoun Police Department will be participating with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in the Click it or Ticket Campaign, designated for November 17 thru November 26, 2017. Pollice will also be checking speed very closely..

As the Christmas Holiday shopping season quickly approaches, Calhoun Police would also like to ask you to be very conscious of your surroundings when out and about on the streets of Calhoun. They have offered a few safety tips for you to implement on your shopping trips this year, including things like not shoppping at night alone; avoiding leaving valuables in your vehicle while you are inside a store; and remembering to always lock your vehicle. You can read more holiday shopping safety tips offered by Calhoun Police, however, they remind you that comon sense might be the best protection.

Sunday, November 19th, be in Historic Downtown Calhoun at the Courthouse Square for the annual Christmas Ball lighting, and the lighting of the BB&T Park Christmas Tree. Bring your camera and get a picture with Santa! There will be a live nativity, tractor rides and a free showing of The Polar Express at the Gem Theatre. Calhoun's Annual Christmas Parade of Lights will be held December 14th. This year's theme is "An Old-Fashioned Calhoun Christmas" and over 60 schools, businesses and organizations are expected to participate. Local choruses will begin caroling at 6:30 p.m. on Wall Street (from BB&T City Park to City Hall). And new this year, an outdoor ice skating rink will be open in the Depot parking lot! Deadline to submit an entry form to be in the parade this year is Friday, December 8th at the Chamber of Commerce. The parade is sponsored by the Gordon County Chamber/CVB, Downtown Calhoun DDA, and Northwest Georgia Regional Fair.

State School Superintendent Richard Woods has announced the release of the 2017 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores, Georgia's statewide accountability system, which measures schools and districts on a 100-point scale based on multiple indicators of performance. Gordon County Schools showed marked increases in its district total, scoring well above the state average and earning one of the highest scores when compared to surrounding school districts. All levels – elementary, middle, and high- saw increases in scores over last year, with many of Gordon County’s individual schools seeing remarkable gains in their respective school scores. Individual scores for any school or system across the state can be viewed at http://ccrpi.gadoe.org/2017/.

US Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14), on Friday, announced additional bipartisan co-sponsors t o the Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act (ACDC) (H.R. 4036): Reps. Buddy Carter (R-GA-1), Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28), Trey Gowdy (R-SC-4), Walter Jones (R-NC-3), Barry Loudermilk (R-GA-11), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL-7) and Austin Scott (R-GA-8). ACDC makes targeted changes to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) to allow use of limited defensive measures that exceed the boundaries of one’s network in order to monitor, identify and stop attackers. The CFAA, which was enacted in 1986, currently prohibits individuals from taking any defensive actions other than preventative protections, such as ant-virus software. ACDC, Graves said in a statement, is likely the most significant update to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act since its enactment.

US Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14), chairman of the House Appropriations Financial Services Subcommittee, after joining President Trump Wednesday for the signing ceremony that stops the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) rule on “Arbitration Agreements:” Graves, in a statement, called “This is a big win for consumers. The arbitration rule was another misguided regulation...that hurt the very people it intended to help." Also this week, Rep. Tom Graves voted for and the House passed the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act (H.R. 849), which terminates the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), often referred to as the “death panel.”

The Calhoun City Council recently approved a motion for the Rivers to Ridge Primitive weapons deer hunting season opens Saturday, October 14th. Last year, almost 42,000 hunters took to the woods with muzzleloaders, bringing in almost 6,000 deer, according to the Ga. Department of Natural Resources.

Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston said his Office has received reports of an individual posing as a deputy sheriff telling citizens that they have missed jury duty, and must send money for a fine via wire/internet services. Sheriff Ralston says this is absolutely bogus, and that his staff - or any local, state or federal law enforcement agency. NEVER collects fines, and certainly never solicits any type of funds by telephone. This fictitious caller may even use a familiar sounding name, Ralston said. DO NOT SEND MONEY to such callers by any means or under any circumstances. Anyone who misses jury duty would be visited by a uniformed deputy sheriff in a clearly marked vehicle, and no fines are collected by deputies. The criminals orchestrating these scams use untraceable cellphones, and are often located outside the United States. If you receive any such suspicious call, contact the Sheriff’s Office to verify the identity of the caller. BEWARE of all internet and telephone scams and do NOT release any personal or financial account information to anyone.

Caroline Stephens from Tolbert Elementary School was named Gordon County Schools’ District Teacher of the Year during the Teacher of the Year Banquet held recently. Other finalists included Christy Smith from Fairmount Elementary and Julie Thomas from Sonoraville Elementary School. n addition to the gifts presented to the other finalists, Caroline received an Apple Watch, as well as the opportunity to attend any conference of her choice during the 2017-18 school year, with all fees and expenses paid by the school district. Caroline will go on the represent Gordon County Schools in Georgia Teacher of the Year competition.

Gordon County was first certified as a Storm Ready community in 2005. Gordon County has continued to improve capabilities each year with each renewal of the Storm Ready designation. This 2017 renewal marks the 5th renewal of Storm Ready in Gordon County.
Storm Ready is a nationwide program that helps communities better protect their citizens during severe weather from tornadoes to tropical storms. The program encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations. Storm Ready provides emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations.

This Week's Gordon Environmental Health Scores:
GEORGIA CUMBERLAND ACADEMY (Food Service Inspections) CALHOUN, Score: 88, Grade: B
GORDON HOSPITAL (Food Service Inspections) CALHOUN, Score: 95, Grade: A
MCDONALD'S (Hwy 53) #6392 CALHOUN (Food Service Inspections) Score: 91, Grade: A
MULLIGANS (Food Service Inspections) FIELD'S FERRY, CALHOUN, Score: 99, Grade: A
TAQUERIA EL MANANTIAL (Food Service Inspections) E MAY ST CALHOUN, Score: 82, Grade: B

Georgia Power issued a warning for customers of criminal "scam artists" trying to defraud both business and residential customers over the phone. The scam artists are known to pose as Ga.Power employees asking customers to provide credit card information or purchase a pre-paid debit card and provide the card's account number to avoid disconnection. Customers should be reminded to be cautious and never provide personal information such as a credit card or social security number to an unverified person.

Shale gas drilling is slowing across the country, but a few companies are poking around the state looking for the next natural gas "play." An Oklahoma-based company that leased 7,500 acres of land in Whitfield County has two test wellsalready in place and they say they plan another. In Floyd County, near Cave Spring, a Texas oil conglomerate plans a well. At least three other companies have recently researched the Conasauga shale field, a swath of land that runs from Alabama across Georgia and into Tennessee. Georgia joins Tennessee and North Carolina as Southern states newly popular with wildcatters and major gas and oil companies.

The Federal Communications Commission is alerting consumers to be on the lookout for scam callers seeking to get victims to say the word “yes” during a call and later use a recording of the response to authorize unwanted charges on the victim's utility or credit card account. According to complaints the FCC has received and public news reports, the fraudulent callers impersonate representatives from organizations that provide a service and may be familiar to the person receiving the call, such as a mortgage lender or utility, to establish a legitimate reason for trying to reach the consumer. The scam begins when a consumer answers a call and the person at the end of the line asks, “Can you hear me?” The caller then records the consumer's "Yes" response and thus obtains a voice signature. This signature can later be used by the scammers to pretend to be the consumer and authorize fraudulent charges via telephone. If you receive this type of call, immediately hang up. If you have already responded to this type of call, review all of your statements such as those from your bank, credit card lender, or telephone company for
unauthorized charges. If you notice unauthorized charges on these and other types of statements, you have likely been a victim of “cramming”. Anyone who believes they have been targeted by this scam should immediately report the incident to the Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker and to the FCC Consumer Help Center. Consumers should always be on alert for telephone scams. The following tips can help ward off unwanted calls and scams:
Don’t answer calls from unknown numbers. Let them go to voicemail.
If you answer and the caller (often a recording) asks you to hit a button to stop receiving calls,
just hang up. Scammers often use these tricks to identify, and then target, live respondents. If you receive a scam call, write down the number and file a complaint with the FCC so we can help identify and take appropriate action to help consumers targeted by illegal callers.Ask your phone service provider if it offers a robocall blocking service. If not, encourage your provider to offer one. You can also visit the FCC’s website for information and resources on available robocall blocking tools to help reduce unwanted calls.Consider registering all of your telephone numbers in the National Do Not Call Registry. As the Agency that implements and enforces the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the FCC reviews all consumer complaints. The Agency will continue, when appropriate, to issue consumer alerts based on
those complaints and other public information related to possible scams and frauds in hopes of informing
and empowering consumers.
GA Attorney General Chris Carr is warning the public about a phony email circulating that purports to be from the “Department of Consumer Affairs.” The email, which allegedly targets attorneys, says that a complaint has been filed against the recipient’s company and urges recipients to click on a link to view the complaint. This email is NOT from the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit or any other legitimate government entity. It is a fake email. Clicking on the link or attachment provided may allow the scammer to install malware on your computer. The scam has been reported in Georgia and South Carolina.

What Else Is Happening?

Sponsored by Family Connection Gordon County Contact Roberta Charbonneau at 706-602-5139 or email roberta@gordonconnection.org

LIHEAP HEATING/ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM 2017 Schedule your appointment online at www.tallatooncap.org then click BOOK NOW. Appointment line is 770-817-4666 or toll free for 706 area code at 770-773-7730. November 1st, Tallatoona began accepting appointment for Senior Households 65 and Older and Homebound Households. The general public can begin to set appointment on December 1. NOTE: Tallatoona is waiting for more funds to continue setting more appointments. Please continue to try the online to make appointments.

Chamber of Commerce Christmas Open House Save the date – Sunday, 11/19, from 1:00 – 5:30 pm Prizes, gifts, surprise discounts, and secret shoppers. 300 S. Wall Street in downtown Calhoun.

Job Openings At-A-Glance for Highland Rivers. Follow the link to our careers page and a job description for a Licensed Mental Health Counselor based in the schools for Gordon County. https://www2.appone.com/Search/Search.aspx?ServerVar=highlandrivershealth.appone.com

Voluntary Action Center News:
JOB FAIR Goodwill hosts a multi-employer job fair on Wednesday, 11/15, from 1:30 – 3:30 pm at VAC.

Job Openings at VAC Go online to http://www.voluntaryactioncenter.org/ to apply for two job openings, or check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GordonVoluntaryActionCenter/

Families Sponsored for Christmas Contact VAC for families to sponsor for Christmas. Call 706-629-7283.

ALL FOOD PANTRIES IN OUR COMMUNITY ARE IN NEED OF FOOD! Cold weather is starting and all pantries are in need of food items. Please consider dropping off your donations at a pantry near you or take to any school during these first two weeks of November. Consider items that could be eaten without cooking or heating. Also protein rich products like canned meats, protein bars, soups, and other non-perishable foods.

The Gordon County Board of Education has approved school calendars for the next three academic years, and approved a recommendation concerning make-up days for this year. You can view the system's approved calendars here.

The Calhoun Police Department was recently awarded the 2017 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Injury Prevention Program. Through the mini-grant, Calhoun Police Department, Gordon County Fire Department, Georgia State Patrol, Safe Kids Dalton, Calhoun Fire Department and Gordon EMS provide car seats and education to financially eligible families in Calhoun and Gordon County. This program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. For more information about the Calhoun Gordon County car seat program, contact Calhoun Police at 706-629-1234, County Fire at 706-629-8851, GSP at 706-624-1477 or Calhoun Fire Department at 706-629-2244. If you would like information regarding other counties involved in the program, please contact the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Child Occupant Safety Project via email at injury@dph.ga.gov or by calling 404-679-0500.

The internet can be a highly dangerous place, especially for impressionable tweens and teens. The internet is crawling with predators, and if your child comes into contact with one, their life could be in danger. Parents are encouraged to monitor their child’s computer, cell phone and tablet. There are numerous sites parents can view that offer advice and tips pertaining to internet safety for kids and teens. Here are just a few that may prove helpful: safekids.com, webmd.com, kids.usa.gov and kidshealth.org.

For Local School Events
Calhoun City Schools - www.calhounschools.org
Gordon County Schools -
www.gcbe.org
Georgia Cumberland Academy -
www.gcasda.org

Help Build A Home for a Desrving Family
Habitat for Humanity of Gordon County is searching for talented volunteers to build a new home. Anyone interested is invited to call 706-625-9929 for more information.

+ Save A Life: Give Blood +
Find out how you can save a life. Go to www.bloodassurance.org or www.redcrossblood.org

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