An arrest has been made in connection with the armed robberies that took place in Floyd County on Tuesday morning. The robberies occurred within an hour of each other at the Kangaroo convenience store at 3129 Maple Road and at the Waffle House at 1601 Shorter Avenue. Victor Leonard King, Jr., age 22 and of Rome, has been charged with two counts of armed robbery, aggravated assault, pointing a gun at another, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was initially booked into the Floyd County Jail on charges of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and a seat belt violation. Twenty-six year old Eric Stocks of Cedartown is also listed as a suspect in the robbery at the Kangaroo on Maple Road. He is being held in Polk County.
Governor Nathan Deal has announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for December totaled nearly $1.91 billion, marking an increase of $158 million, or nine percent, compared to December 2013, when net collections totaled $1.75 billion. Year-to-date, net tax collections totaled $9.61 billion, which was an increase of nearly $517 million, or 5.7 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year, when net tax revenues totaled $9.09 billion after six months. Year-to-date gross tax revenues, before refunds and distributions to local governments, totaled $12.48 billion for an increase of $711 million, or six percent, compared to the year-to-date total of $11.77 billion as of December 2013.
Coverage of Georgia Tech men’s basketball is now being provided on 95.7 FM The Ridge. The Yellow Jackets lost a nail-biter to Syracuse 46-45 last night in Atlanta. Charles Mitchell was the team leader with 17 points and 11 rebounds. With the loss, the Jackets fall to 9-5 overall and 0-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Their next outing is set for Saturday at noon at Wake Forest.
The big chill that has covered Northwest Georgia this week is about to get even chillier. The National Weather Service predicts wind chill readings to dip into the single digits tonight thru Thursday morning. A Wind Chill Advisory is slated to take effect at 7 pm tonight and remain in place thru 10 am Thursday. A Wind Advisory will be in effect from 10 am thru 1 am. Today’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies and a high around 38. Tonight is expected to be clear with a low of 12 and wind chill values as low as -1. A similar wind chill value is predicted for Thursday with sunny skies and a high temperature around 32.
The Rome-Floyd County Recycling Center will be accepting computers, electronics and household hazardous waste absolutely free of charge on Saturday, January 17th.
The Atlanta Hawks defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 96-86 in NBA action last night at the Philips Arena. The win was the Hawks’ sixth straight and the 20th in their last 22 games. It was also their ninth consecutive victory over a Western Conference team. Jeff Teague was the top scorer for Atlanta with 25 points. Kyle Korver, Al Horford and Paul Millsap also scored in the double digits with 14, 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The suspect in an armed robbery that took place over the weekend has been apprehended, while investigations are underway for two more armed robberies that took place on Tuesday morning.
Ring in the New Year with the annual Polar Bear Paddle and Plunge this Saturday, January 10th. The event features a six-mile paddle along the Etowah River from Dixon Landing at Grizzard Park to Heritage Park in downtown Rome. It is being hosted by the Coosa River Basin Initiative, in cooperation with Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful.