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Calhoun and Gordon County public safety and public works officials took part in a weather briefing at the Gordon County Emergency Operations Center in reference to possible severe weather today and then colder weather on Saturday with a slight chance of a few snow showers. Although the severe threat is low, as the front moves through we will see gusty winds and locally heavy rain up to one inch. Wind gusts associated with this front will be between 25-35 miles per hour and will not begin to diminish until late Saturday into Saturday night. Once the front passes through we will see temperatures begin to drop as a cold front moves in. Scattered snow showers possibly mixed with some sleet could occur in northern Georgia mountains late Friday afternoon and through the night. Minor accumulations are possible especially above 1500 feet. Temperatures Friday night will be lows in the 20's, Saturday highs will be in the upper 30's and lows again in the 20's. We, along with Patrick Core in the Weather Center, will continue to monitor the situation for the duration of the event.

Calhoun Police arrested a couple of people Thursday night around 9:45 pm. Gordon County Jail records show that Renee Michelle King, age 33 of Trion, is being held on charges of giving false information to officers and an open container violation. 25 year-old Rome resident Bryan Keith Lascolette was arrested on charges of meth and marijuana possession. Both remain in custody at the Gordon County Jail pending bond.

Gordon County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 31 year-old Dakota Devar Simpson of Plainville on Thursday evening around 6:20 pm. He is being held in the Gordon County Jail on charges of Criminal Trespass, 3rd Degree Child Cruelty and Simple Assault under the Family Violence Act. All of those charges are misdemeanors and his bond has been set in the amount of $3000.

Lexie Shi Muffett, 19 of Mills, Indiana, and Michael Carroll Tippins, 19 of Calhoun were charged by Rome Police this week with battery, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. Reports state that police allege the two beat up a 20 year-old man and caused just under $500 in damages at a North Broad Street Kangaroo convenience store. Floyd County Jail records show that the couple has been released on bond.

Adairsville Police seized a large amount of methamphetamine during a traffic stop. Around 3:40 a.m. Thursday an officer saw a suspicious vehicle near the Q.T. on Hwy 140. A license check revealed the car didn't have valid insurance. The officer stopped the car and found the driver, Troy Bryant, 25, Calhoun, unlicensed. A warrant check on the two passengers, Brittany Morrison, 29, Resaca and Lacresha Scott, 36, Calhoun, revealed Morrison had an outstanding warrant for probation violation in Murray Co. Officers found 45 grams of methamphetamine, clonazepam (a schedule IV substance) and marijuana. The three were transported to the Bartow Co. Jail. Bryant is charged with driving while unlicensed and no insurance. Morrison was charged with possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance and pills not in original container. Scott was charged with trafficking meth., possession of meth. with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana less than one oz., possession of drug related objects and possession of counterfeit substance.

Around 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, Emerson Police requested the G.B.I. to assist with a death investigation involving an unidentified white male on I-75 north in the Emerson City Limits. The G.B.I., Emerson Police, Ga. State Patrol and Ga. State Patrol SCRT team responded. The identity of the man will not be released until the autopsy is performed, which is scheduled for today at the G.B.I. Medical Examiner's office.

Gov. Nathan Deal gave his final State of the State address on Thursday as he sets the stage for an election-year legislative session with Republicans looking to maintain their monopoly on state government. Deal outlined a state operating budget of about $50 billion, with $26 billion coming from state revenues. The rest is from federal sources. State revenues increased over 2017, but the Republican governor is not expected to propose major spending increases for most programs. Deal was first elected in 2010.

While influenza is widespread in Georgia, according to the C.D.C. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey declared a "State Public Health Emergency." The declarations include a directive to Alabama Department of Public Health and Alabama E.M.A. to seek federal assistance as needed. Floyd Medical and Redmond Regional Medical in Rome and Polk Medical in Cedartown are all restricting visitors who are experiencing flu like symptoms. Gordon Hospital is asking those with flu like symptoms to wear a mask, and are restricting those visitors from being in certain areas of the hospital. Flu like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue

Ford said some Ranger small pickup trucks should be parked due to airbag deaths. About 2,900 owners of 2006 Ford Rangers are affected. An exploding air bag inflator killed a driver in West Virginia and another in South Carolina. Ford said dealers will repair the trucks at owners' homes or tow them in for work. The company will also offer loaner vehicles.

Calhoun and Gordon County's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Tribute Service will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14 at Friendship Baptist Church, 452 West Line Street, Calhoun. This year’s theme is “Never Lose Hope, Unity Wins.” Walter Harris, chair of the local MLK, Jr. Commission, said that the service is held each year to remember King and his vision, and will consist of local and regional musical guests. Harris said there will also be “soul up-lifting speakers that will comment on unity, including local council members and city law enforcement.” ny local churches, praise teams or choirs that would like to participate in the tribute musical can call 706-263-4584 to sign-up. All are welcome to participate.After the service, the public is invited to enjoy the Coretta Scott King reception at McConnell Road Community Center in Calhoun. On Monday, Jan. 15, the public is invited to place flowers at the MLK Memorial on Court Street in Historic Downtown.

After being open for only 3 years, The Salvation Army will be closing its store at 200 Golden Circle in Calhoun today. A Salvation Army spokesperson said that the move to close the Calhoun location is strictly a financial decision, and that they can no longer afford to keep it open. The Salvation Army will continue providing some social services to Gordon County as funding allows.

A 74-year-old man died in a house fire early Wednesday morning in Murray County. Fire investigators with Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens' office says the fire broke out at 1 a.m. Wednesday at 74 Weaver Road in Chatsworth. Investigators have identified the victim as Spencer Cantrell, and said their investigation revealed that Cantrell was smoking in bed. This fatality brings Georgia's fire death total to six for 2018.

The body found last Wednesday afternoon (01/03) in the woods behind Beavers Dr. Senior Center has been identified as Anthony Garcia, 53, Rome. Bartow Coroner Joel Guyton said the cause of death is pending toxicology results at the G.B.I. Crime Lab.

Gordon County Jail records show that 49 year-old Jeffrey Lane Bailey of Poplar Springs Road in Adairsville was arrested by Sheriff's Deputies and booked on felony second degree burglary Wednesday afternoon around 4:20 pm. Details surrounding his arrest have not yet been released. More information about the investigation is expected from authorities soon.

Dalton police arrested a man Tuesday morning for practicing his aim in his backyard. According to an incident report, a neighbor called around 10 a.m. to report that he had been hearing gunshots at a James Street residence for about two hours. Officers said they found fresh, unweathered .22-caliber shell casings in the back yard. While officers waited on a search warrant, 19-year-old Luis Salvador De La Torre-Cabrera walked out, according to the report. Officers detained him, got the warrant, and looked through the house. Police said they found two rifles, a shotgun, a handgun, some marijuana, digital scales and a glass pipe. Officers said that the backyard was set up like a shooting range, with model cars propped on concrete blocks and gun shells lying all around. During an interview, according to the incident report, Torre-Cabrera eventually admitted to shooting guns and smoking marijuana. Officers charged him with reckless conduct, discharging a firearm near a street and possession of marijuana.

A winning ticket worth $10,000 from the Georgia Lottery's LOTS of $10,000! scratcher was recently sold in Cartersville. Victory Food Mart at 1914 Joe Frank Harris Parkway sold the winning ticket to a customer, the Georgia Lottery Corp. said Thursday. The winner claimed the prize Tuesday at the Georgia Lottery's Dalton District Office.

Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter, who has been with the department for 35 years, announced on Wednesday that he will retire in 2020 and will not seek reelection. He was first elected sheriff of Floyd County in 2004.

Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker will be stepping down as head of the agency on Friday afternoon, leaving to take over as City Administrator for the City of Dalton. Chief Parker has served as police chief since November 27, 2007. Assistant Chief Cliff Cason will assume command of the police department after the close of business on Friday afternoon while the Dalton Public Safety Commission searches for a new chief from a pool of qualified internal applicants.

Sheriff Mitch Ralston honored a long serving deputy Saturday (01/06) night at the 9th Annual Sheriff’s Office Awards Banquet and Employee Appreciation Dinner. Major Michael S. Jones retired after over 31 years as a deputy sheriff. Sheriff Ralston spoke at length about Major Jones’ career, which began in 1987 and spanned the administration of four sheriffs. Jones served in almost every capacity and rank within the Sheriff’s Office during his 31 plus years, and was actually the longest continuously serving deputy sheriff in the county’s history. Sheriff Ralston presented Jones with his retirement credentials, an “Exemplary Distinguished Service Award” medal, a plaque, and his service pistol as a token of appreciation for his long service and distinguished conduct. Major Jones will begin a new phase of his career as Chief of Police in Adairsville, and the sheriff said that the people of Adairsville and Bartow County are fortunate to have him as a public servant, and that he wishes Jones all the best, as do we.

The Bartow County Board of Education voted to hire King, Cooper and Associates to find their new Superintendent. Applications will be accepted until January 29, 2018. Board members anticipate conducting first and second round interviews during February and March. By mid-March, board members plan to announce up to three finalists. King, Cooper and Associates will be in charge of all communication with applicants, and will present the candidates information to the Board for consideration. A new superintendent, Board members said, should be selected by late March 2018.

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:
Popeye's - Hwy 53 - 81; Guacamole's Bar & Grill - Outlet Ctr Dr - 87; Burger King - S Wall St - 90; Krystal - Hwy 53 E - 90; Wing Me Up - Court St - 92; Bojangle's - Hwy 53 - 96; Starbucks - Hwy 53 - 96; Everything Natural Juice Bar - N Wall St - 99

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.

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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.

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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