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    Rome man facing kidnapping charges

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013 -- 11:30 am EDT

    By Kim Sloan-Jarrett (WRGA News) A Rome man was arrested on Tuesday in connection with an alleged kidnapping that happened earlier that day.

    Corey Houston Barner, age 33, 113 Blacks Bluff Road, is accused of kidnapping a woman from her Branham Avenue home early Tuesday morning by dragging her to his vehicle, striking her in the face and stomach along the way.

    The incident happened in front of four children, according to a warrant at the Floyd County Jail.

    He is charged with third degree cruelty to children, first degree burglary, kidnapping and simple battery.

    Barner remained in the Floyd County Jail. 

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    Georgia Highlands College announces basketball schedule

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013 -- 11:22 am EDT

    By: Staff Reports

    Georgia Highlands College has released their upcoming basketball schedule. Click below for the list.

    GHC Basketball Schedule 2013-2014

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    Publix grand opening today

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013 -- 6:50 am EDT

    By: Staff Reports

    A large crowd gathers for the grand opening of Rome's new Publix grocery store at the all new Charles Hight Square on Turner McCall at 5th Avenue.

    Doors opening at 7:00 AM this morning.

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    BREAKING: Fully involved structure on Nottingham Way

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013 -- 6:08 am EDT

    By: Staff Reports

    Two people taken to the hospital after an early morning fire at a residence Nottingham Way.

    Rome Fire Department Battalion Chief Clete Bonney says the structure was fully involved when they arrived just before 5 AM Wednesday.

    The two injured were taken to Floyd Medical Center for observation.

    More details coming later.

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    South Rome Corp. Approves Purchase of McCall Hospital

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013 -- 10:29 pm EDT

    By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)

    A major property purchase was green-lighted Tuesday at the South Rome Redevelopment Corporation meeting that would allow for the construction of new housing.

    The Redevelopment Corporation signed an option to purchase the McCall Hospital property for $69,300, a price 1% below its appraised value. One of the more dilapidated structures in South Rome, Board Chairman Sam Moss says the site will be demolished to make way for housing units. To get the project started the Board also voted to approve a required $5,900 environmental assessment and Phase 1 study for the site to start the process of securing the desired federal funds. City of Rome Community Development Director Bekki Fox, serving in an interim role for the Corporation, explains the funding process for the project;

    “The specific funding that we’re after is Neighborhood Stabilization Program Funds. They generate from HUD and they went to the Department of Community Affairs here in Georgia and then they’ve been allocated out to entities. Well the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission is our local entity that has the funds, so we are making an application to them to give us funding that will do the acquisition and future demolition of the building. Because those are federal funds there are a ton of federal regulations that go with that and environmental assessment is part of that.”   

    Fox says HUD has a non-negotiable expenditure deadline of March 28th 2014 which requires the assessment to be completed, the property closed upon, demolition completed and all bills paid in order to receive federal aid for the project.

    In other news the committee discussed plans for the South Rome Golf Tournament which will be held at the Coosa Country Club on Monday November 4th.

    Georgia Power also presented a donation check of $25,000 toward the Early Learning Center in the new Anna K. Davie Elementary School.

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    Man Breaks Leg In Autozone Parking Lot Accident

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013 -- 9:52 pm EDT

    By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)

    A Floyd County man broke his leg in the parking lot of the Autozone on Shorter Avenue in Rome when his Ford pickup rolled backwards Tuesday night.

    Rome Police Captain Paul Greene says the accident occurred at approximately 8:48 p.m. and the victim, while in a large amount of pain, did not sustain life-threatening injuries;

    “Had a gentleman working on his truck in the lot of Autozone, the drive-shaft came out of the truck, the truck rolled over his leg. Non-life-threatening injuries.” 

    The victim was visibly alert as he was loaded into an ambulance and taken to a local hospital for treatment. Traffic on Shorter Avenue was not affected by the accident.

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    Wednesday Road Closure in Floyd County

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013 -- 7:28 pm EDT

    By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)

    The Floyd County Water Department will be closing the intersection of Glenview Drive and Old Dalton Road Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. as they conduct water line repairs.

    A statement from the department says traffic will be able to enter or exit to Glenview Drive from Highway 27 but only from the north.

    The detour route for Old Dalton Road is Beard Drive on the north end and Wood Glen subdivision on the south end.

    Rainfall on Wednesday could alter the scheduled repair work.

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    Calhoun Police Link Coach Robbery to Atlanta Group

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013 -- 6:43 pm EDT

    By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)

    Police detectives continue to investigate the robbery of the “Coach” store at the Calhoun Premium Outlets last week in which more than $16,000 worth of designer merchandise was stolen.

    Calhoun Police Lieutenant Tony Pyle says officers now believe the theft was committed by an organized crime group out of Atlanta, which could be responsible for similar crimes at retail stores throughout the I-75 corridor.

    At about 1:30 a.m. last Friday three black male suspects wearing masks allegedly crashed a green Dodge Durango into the plate-glass window of the Coach store. Five other males then entered the store and in less than a minute the eight total suspects had stolen the merchandise and left the scene in a gold-colored SUV. Pyle says detectives now know the Dodge Durango, which was left inside the “Coach” store, was stolen from a man in Atlanta. Several pieces of evidence have been sent to the GBI Crime Lab but Pyle declined to say what they were.

    Detectives have not yet determined any of the identities for the suspects in the crime group. Pyle said he believes if those responsible for the burglary were local Calhoun officers would have arrested them by now.

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    Northwest Campus of Medical College of Ga. hold ribbon cutting

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013 -- 5:19 pm EDT

    By: Andrew Carter (WRGA News)

    A new era for healthcare in Rome is now underway as the Northwest Campus of the Medical College of Georgia officially opened their doors at Rome’s historic Heritage Hall at Georgia Highlands College Tuesday.

    Speaking to a large sampling of the medical community, Georgia Regents University president Dr. Ricardo Azziz commended the city of Rome and the medical community for coming together in a unified effort to facilitate the new campus.

    “Rome is a great city and the community knows how to work together and work across the state,” said Dr. Azziz.

    “But also Rome has truly become a medical hub of sorts, and as you grow your medical facilities you must engage in medical education because actually that creates and makes you a medical hub.”

    Georgia Highlands College interim President Dr. Renva Watterson welcomed the staff of Georgia Regents University and the Northwest Campus during her remarks and said that with Highlands graduating their 40th class of nursing students this year, it is only fitting for Heritage Hall to be the location in Northwest Georgia for the education of medical students.

    “It is absolutely so important because at the heart of this students; at the heart of this, student medical education. They are our future” said Dr. Watterson.

    “That’s what the Rome and Floyd County community has been, they've been about action, and unified action which is terrific.”

    The campus will now begin offering third and fourth year medical school students additional educational opportunities, including hands on experience at Rome’s three premiere healthcare facilities in Floyd Medical Center, Redmond Regional Medical Center and the Harbin Clinic.

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    Floyd Police Ask For Help Finding Assault Suspect

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013 -- 3:55 pm EDT

    Press Release

    The Floyd County Police Department is asking for the community’s assistance in the identification and location of the male in the forensic sketch.

    On 9/29/2013, this subject forcefully entered a residence on Mountain View Rd in Floyd County and assaulted a female victim. Anyone with any information is asked to call Inv. MC Parris @ 706-314-1861 with the FCPD. Anyone with information can remain anonymous.

    The sketch is by Kelly Lawson of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

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