A Rome man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of aggravated sodomy in Floyd County Superior Court yesterday. Stephen Michael Hipple, age 35, also faces life on probation, as designated by Judge Larry Salmon. The charges stem from reports that Hipple inappropriately touched a young child between June 2011 and July 2014. Hipple also faces federal charges, including three counts of child pornography and one count of sexual exploitation of a child. He reportedly used his iPhone to take sexually explicit photos of a child and shared at least one of those photos with others.
The Miami Dolphins rallied to beat the New York Jets 16-13 in Monday Night Football at East Rutherford, New Jersey last night. Caleb Sturgis kicked a 26-yard field goal with 1:57 remaining to lift the Dolphins to victory. With the win, Miami improves to 7-5 and keeps hope alive of winning a spot in the AFC playoffs. New York falls to 2-10.
US motorists in southern and mid-west states could see a handful of gas stations hit the $2 a gallon mark just in time for the Christmas holiday season, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group, which reports that OPEC’s failure to cut oil production could cause gas prices to fall by as much as 20 cents. The national average has fallen for 67 consecutive days, the longest streak since 2008. The streak of declines hit 59 days in the state of Georgia.
Governor Nathan Deal has proclaimed this week, December 1st thru 5th, as Winter Weather Preparedness Week. According to a release from the Floyd County Emergency Management Agency, during this week, Georgians are encouraged to prepare for severe winter weather by stocking up on supplies, making a plan and learning more about the different types of winter weather than can affect their communities.
Are you in the midst of ‘decking the halls’ for the holiday season? Undoubtedly, the centerpiece of your Christmas decorations will be the Christmas tree. If you opt for a live tree this year, make sure it is fresh. If it is not, that could cause a fire hazard, according to Robert Owens, fire safety educator with the Rome Fire Department. Owens says that one way to determine if a tree is fresh is to rub the bristles of the tree between your fingers. If those bristles fall off, opt for another tree.
The Atlanta Hawks will host the Boston Celtics in NBA action tonight at the Philips Arena. Tip off is set for 7:30 pm for the outing, which will be televised on Sports South.
The Rome Area History Museum will host a Legendary Locals of Rome book signing and cocktail event this evening at 6 pm. The affair will be held in the special events room of the museum, which is located at 305 Broad Street in downtown Rome.
Today is Cyber Monday, a day when online shopping for Christmas gifts takes center stage. When it comes to getting the most bang for your online buck, syndicated technology journalist and author Marc Saltzman has some sage advice – do your research. Saltzman recommends the use of websites such as www.pricegrabber.com, which can help you save money on a multitude of products.