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.
In entertainment news, the Upstagers Theatre Company will present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s acclaimed musical “CATS” this weekend in Cedartown. The show will take the stage at the Cedartown Civic Auditorium on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm each night. It will be presented in Rome at the historic DeSoto Theatre next weekend. Showtimes are 8 pm on Friday, June 19th and Saturday, June 20th, with a 2:30 pm matinee on Sunday, June 21st.
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.”
Governor Nathan Deal has announced that Georgia’s net tax revenue for May 2015 totaled $1.43 billion for an increase of nearly $43.3 million, or 3.1 percent, over May 2014. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $17.21 billion for an increase of $1.09 billion, or 6.8 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year, when net tax revenues totaled $16.12 billion through 11 months. Year-to-date gross tax collections, before refunds and distributions to local governments, totaled nearly $24.14 billion, marking an increase of roughly $1.41 billion, or 6.2 percent, compared to the year-to-date total of $22.73 billion in May 2014.