US Senator Johnny Isakson revealed on Wednesday that he is in the midst of the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease. He has stated that the diagnosis will not affect his ability to serve, and he still intends to run for re-election in 2016.
Authorities in Floyd County are searching for a man involved in a police chase early Wednesday morning that ended in a wreck at Kingston Highway and the Rome bypass. Bernie Duvall, age 28, was still on the loose as of late Wednesday. His passenger, 22-year-old Tosha Marie Owens, was captured by police and charged with felony trafficking methamphetamine after officers discovered over 28 grams of the drug in the truck that was driven by Duvall.
Georgia Highlands College’s Dalton Geekie was officially drafted by the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, becoming the first player ever to be drafted from the Chargers’ program. According to an announcement from the college, Geekie was a sophomore on the GHC baseball team and played both outfield and as a right handed pitcher. He is a native of Powder Springs, where he graduated from McEachern High School.
A chicken house caught fire on Tuesday morning off Gentry Road in north Floyd County. It was one of five at J and S Farms. No birds were harmed in the incident. According to this morning’s Rome News-Tribune, a firefighter was hospitalized after passing out from heat exhaustion while helping to extinguish the blaze. Corporal Eric Kines has since been treated and released from Floyd Medical Center.
The Floyd County Police Department and the Rome Police Department are slated to hold a press conference this afternoon to relay plans for their involvement in Operation Rolling Thunder, an initiative of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety intended to crack down on the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities in the area. GOHS Director Harris Blackwood and Captain Grady Sanford are scheduled to be in attendance for today’s press conference, which is scheduled for 3 pm on the front lawn of the Law Enforcement Center on North Fifth Avenue.
The Atlanta Braves picked up their second straight win over the San Diego Padres by a final score of 4-1 on Wednesday night at Turner Field.
The Rome Braves fell to the Asheville Tourists 11-4 on Wednesday night in in the middle outing of a three game series in Asheville, North Carolina. The Braves hope to salvage a win in the series finale this evening at 7:05 pm.
The “Free Dump Day” held in the Shannon community on May 30th netted more than 95 tons of trash, according to Floyd County Public Works Director Michael Skeen, who indicates that this was the biggest dump day to date. Skeen states, “We had 375 vehicles participate in our Free Dump Day. While we have had more participants, we have never collected this much material. 95.37 tons were collected! That includes 8.16 tons of scrap metal which generated more than $650 in revenue to offset the cost of the event. Total cost was just over $5,150 – split about evenly for hauling and landfill tip fees.”