Rome Man Admits To Being Scammed Out Of More Than $1 Million

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Rome Police reported that an undisclosed victim admitted to being scammed out of more than $1 million over the course of four years.

The Rome News Tribune reported that the man told police he began talking with a woman on a dating website who called herself Erin Logan.  Logan told the man that she had inherited an estate in Belgium worth $4.5 million, but owed 10% in taxes, some $450,000. If the man would pay the back taxes, she would sell the estate and give him half the value, approximately $2.25 million. He agreed and claimed he ended up sending close to $1.2 million in cashier’s checks in increments of $60,000 and $90,000 to Logan’s friends at locations in Ohio and California to pass along to her. The man said the money is now in what he termed a DCM account in China, and that he verified this.

He also claimed to have been scammed by a woman named Scarlett while attempting to return some bedsheets to Amazon. He said he googled Amazon’s number and ended up speaking to Scarlett. She told him that someone had hacked the credit card associated with his Amazon account. He said he gave her approximately $300,000 over two and a half weeks to offset the money being used on his credit card.

The man said he did not report these problems earlier because he was embarrassed and ashamed of being scammed.

He also told police he did not have any documentation from these events. He was informed that he should contact his financial institutions and gather documentation regarding the Belgium and Amazon account scams.

Foundation Camp Returns To GHC

The annual Foundation Camp for boys aged 10 to 14 will return to Georgia Highlands College (GHC) and will be held at GHC Floyd Campus starting July 8.

Applications for the long-running camp are currently being accepted.

The camp is a testament to the strong community support and collaboration between the 100 Black Men of Rome-Northwest Georgia and Georgia Highlands College. It is funded by generous donors and the GHC Foundation, free of charge, ensuring a safe and enriching experience for your child, including transportation, breakfast and lunch.

The camp will run from July 8 through July 19 (with no camp on Saturday or Sunday).

Camp days begin at 8AM and conclude at 2:45PM each weekday. Transportation within Rome will be provided with bus routes beginning at 7AM.

The Foundation Camp is a safe place where children can form lifelong connections, develop core memories and learn structure. Establishing structure for children can help foster a sense of security and promote discipline. Ages 8-14 are vital years in a young man’s life. Foundation Camp staff feel it is essential to help steer our young ones in the right direction.

“There are obstacles that young men in Floyd County may face, and the best preparation for any obstacle is preparedness,” Camp Director and Associate Professor of Mathematics Maurice Wilson said. “The GHC Foundation Camp strives to prepare them by providing access to places, people and experiences they may not have encountered in their community.”

Wilson understands the gravity of how important it is for young teens to be heard and valued, but most importantly, to have a role model. According to the National Library of Medicine, youth can form attachments to a central figure outside of the home, such as a teacher or coach, and children with poor attachments to parents or any central figure are prone to a higher delinquency rate.

“We want each young man to know they are more than gangs, more than the shoes or clothes they wear, more than a statistic, more than an athlete, more than music, more than an entertainer, “Wilson said.” They are handsome, they are smart, they are whatever they believe themselves to be. As Frederick Douglas once said, ‘It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.’”

For more information and to apply, contact foundationcamp@highlands.edu

Teen Charged with Home Invasion

A seventeen-year-old boy was charged with home invasion after he was accused of kicking in the door of an apartment in Summerville and threatening a pregnant woman.  Izavious Mobbs was armed at the time of the home invasion.  Chattooga County Sheriff’s deputies say the incident happened on June 5th at the Lake Wanda Reita Apartments.  Deputies responded to the apartment after the victim called Chattooga 911.  Deputies found where the door to the apartment had been damaged and spoke with the victim who said that Mobbs reportedly said he was “fixing to kill” the victim.  Mobbs had left the scene by the time deputies arrived, but was arrested the next day by the Lookout Mountain Drug Task Force.  Mobbs was charged with aggravated assault, criminal damage to property, home invasion and possession of a firearm during the commission of a criem.

Georgia Power Offers Energy Saving Tips For Hot Weather

With temperatures rising and summer heat arriving across Georgia, Georgia Power is working to help customers minimize the impact of the higher temperatures on electric bills and provide easy ways to save around the house. 

Simple summer tips to save money and energy include:  

  • Set It For the Season – Keep thermostats to 78 degrees and use fans to keep you feeling cooler. Every degree higher on your thermostat can result in a 3-4% decrease in energy use.   
  • Let it Flow – Change standard air filters once a month, or pleated filters once every three months. A clogged filter makes your AC work harder, increases wear on your unit, and uses more energy. Ensure air returns and vents are clear and air can circulate.  
  • Chill-Out with Laundry – Wash full loads of clothes with cold water and avoid over-drying. Clean your dryer’s lint trap before every load to increase efficiency.  
  • Can’t Stand the Heat? Get it out of the Kitchen! – Reduce the temperature inside your home by using an outdoor grill or smoker instead of indoor ovens and stoves. Also consider the slow cooker or microwave.  
  • Throw Some Shade – Close curtains and blinds during peak hours of the day to reduce extra heat caused by direct sunlight.  
  • Fill Your Fridge – Solids and liquids are easier to cool than air. Keep your refrigerator set to the temperature recommended by the manufacturer for optimal performance.  
  • Avoid Phantom Energy Loss – Unplug your electronic devices when not in use, use smart power strips, and consider energy-saving settings on new devices like smart TVs.  

 

Whether you’re renting, making improvements to an older home or simply looking for ways to save, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com/Save for more programs, rebates, and energy saving tips.   

 

Other programs to help Georgia Power customers manage energy bills this summer:    

  • A Free Online Energy Checkup – Take a quick and easy online energy checkup that provides a customized energy usage report and ways to save money. Visit www.GeorgiaPower.com/EnergyCheckUp to get started. 
  • Home Energy Improvement Program (HEIP) – The HEIP helps Georgia Power customers reduce energy use, save on energy costs and improve the comfort of their homes. Residential customers can earn rebates from Georgia Power for implementing and installing qualifying energy saving improvements. Learn more at www.GeorgiaPower.com/HomeImprovements.  
  • Energy Assistance for Savings & Efficiency Program (EASE)– The EASE Program helps eligible income-qualified customers make free energy efficiency improvements in their home. At no cost to the customer, a program contractor performs the recommended energy efficiency upgrades. Customers can learn more and apply at www.GeorgiaPower.com/EASE.  

 

Georgia Power prioritizes energy affordability for customers year-round and offers a variety of flexible rate plans and programs to help customers manage their energy use and lower their energy costs. Over the past decade, energy efficiency programs have helped Georgia Power customers reduce usage by billions of kilowatt hours. The company also maintains a strong focus on connecting customers – including senior citizens, those with one-time or ongoing special needs, and those with limited incomes – with programs and resources when they’re in need. Learn more at GeorgiaPower.com/MyEnergy.    

 

Public Asked For Help In Locating Missing Georgia Teen

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is seeking the public’s assistance in locating missing 16-year-old, Andrew Bates-Smith.

Andrew was 15 when he went missing from Jonesboro, Georgia on May 24, 2023. Authorities believe that he may stay in the local area or travel to other cities in Clayton County, Georgia. Andrew is described as 5’9″, weighed 203 lbs. when he was last seen, and has brown eyes with black hair.

If you have any information about Andrew or his disappearance, please contact NCMEC at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or the Clayton County Police Department (Georgia) at 1-770-477-3747.

Fund Set Up For Cloudland Family Who Lost Home In A House Fire

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A fund has been set up for a Cloudland family who lost their home in a fire earlier this week.  Cloudland firefighters, along with firefighters from Hays Correctional and other agencies.  The house was a total loss.   Chris Conley and his wife, Selena both work in education in Chattooga County.  Selena works at Trion City Schools and Chris works at Menlo Elementary School.  A fund has been set up at Peach State Federal Credit Union in Trion to help the family with expenses at this time.

Land Development Commission Cancels Meeting

The Chattooga County Land Development Commission has canceled a planned meeting for next week.  County government issued a statement on Friday saying, “The Chattooga County Land Development meeting scheduled for June 17th 2024 within the Agriculture Center HAS BEEN CANCELED due to scheduling conflicts, and additional submissions needing to go before the commission at a later time, we feel it would be best to reschedule the meeting for a date in July that will be announced soon on ChattoogaCounty.org”.   The cancellation notice did not mention that the original meeting was scheduled for a land development called “Estates on Lookout Mountain” at Cloudland.  The commission issued a notice about that meeting, but posted that the address for the development was on “Back Valley Road” – which is in Lyerly, not Cloudland.  The proposed development is on Stateline Road at Cloudland.

Arrest Report - Friday - June 14, 2024

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Friday, June 14, 2024:

Mohawk Will Pay More For City Sewer Services

At Monday’s Summerville City Council meeting, council members heard from the city manager that the cost to treat waste water coming from the Mohawk plant at the city’s industrial park is costing about 40% more than the current surcharge that Mohawk is assessed each month on their water bill.  Recently, repairs were made to a sewer line at the plant.  The city asked Mohawk if they would participate in the cost of replacing the line, which Mohawk declined.  Council members told WZQZ News that the surcharge for treating Mohawk’s wastewater is reviewed every four years and the last time the assessment was done was in 2020.  In the end, the council voted to increase the surcharge to cover the increased costs in a 2-1 vote with Councilman Rickey Hughes voting against the measure.  Councilman Joe Money abstained from voting since he is employed by Mohawk Industries.

Last Day To Vote Early In Runoff Elections

Today is  the last day to vote early in the runoff elections being held in Chattooga County.  Residents who voted on the Republican ticket in the General Primary Election, or those who did not vote at all, can request a Republican ballot and vote in the race for Chattooga County Coroner between Jeremy “Big Mac” McElhaney and Savanna McGill.

Those who voted in the Democratic Primary can vote in a runoff race between Clarence Blalock and Shawn Harris, who are running for the 14th Congressional District and will be facing off against incumbent U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene in November.

Summerville voters can cast a ballot in the runoff race for City Council Seat Number One between Simone Adams and Pam Albert.

Voting for the primary runoff takes place at the Chattooga County Registrars Office and voting for the Summerville runoff election takes place at Summerville City Hall.

There will be no Saturday voting for the runoff election.

Voters voting on Election Day, next Tuesday, will need to vote in their local precincts.

Cell Phone Reported Stolen In Summerville

Yesterday, a Ridgewood Circle resident came to the Summerville Police Department to report the theft of a cell phone.  The complainant told police that a woman and her son had came to his residence to look at some puppies he had for sale.  While there, a cell phone turned up missing.  The complainant confronted the woman and her son about the missing cell phone, but they denied taking it.  A report was filed concerning the incident.

Northwest Georgia Gang Member Charged With Crimes

A thirty-one-year-old Floyd County man, who is said to be a gang member, is facing multiple charges in connection with robberies and assaults that occurred two years ago. Joshua Nathaniel Danforth of Shannon shot a 73-year-old woman in the shoulder and took her purse containing $1,200.

The incident occurred on July 28, 2022, at a location at 1944 Shorter Avenue. The victim was also pistol-whipped and she fell to the ground, hitting her face and sustaining an orbital fracture. Also in July of 2022, Danford held a man against his will at a location on Woods Road, while another suspect struck the victim with a metal object about the head and body.

Danford, a purported member of the Ghost Face Gangsters criminal street gang also used a recorded phone line for a drug deal in October of 2022. He is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, exploitation of the elderly, participation in a criminal street gang, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, robbery, false imprisonment, battery, conspiracy to violate Georgia’s Controlled Substances Act.

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GNTC's Nursing Program Attracting Students

At Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) recent Open House for its Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program, prospective students toured the facilities, met instructors and learned about program entry requirements, course scheduling and admissions testing.

The ASN program is housed at GNTC’s Walker County Campus in Rock Spring and includes academic and occupational courses, along with a variety of clinical experiences to integrate theory and practice under the clinical instructor’s guidance.

“Nurses are part of an interdisciplinary team that works together, always keeping our patients and their families at the center. We make a difference,” said Michelle Spears-Sevy, program administrator for Registered Nursing at GNTC.

When their neighbors are at their most vulnerable, nurses provide care, assistance and education to help them maintain their health status, prevent illness and return to health after they become ill or injured, Spears-Sevy said. Sometimes the nurse’s role is to help a patient find peace and comfort when there is no cure for their illness or condition.

Students utilize laboratory equipment including Gaumard patient simulators, or manikins, that can replicate various human patient physiology such as respiration, heart beat and pulse. This hands-on equipment prepares students for their clinical experiences when they will work with human patients.

Upon completion of the program, graduates receive an associate degree in Nursing and are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)-RN exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN). Registered Nurse is one the state’s high demand career fields, and officials say the shortage is hitting rural areas the hardest.

“High demand career fields represent the occupations in each of Georgia’s key industries that are in-demand, pay an above average entry-level wage and are considered strong options for pursuing a successful career in Georgia,” said Dr. Heidi Popham, GNTC president. “These occupations are critical to these industries’ success and Georgia’s economic health.”

The American Hospital Association estimates that approximately 100,000 RNs left the workforce between 2021-23, with more than 500,000 more intending to leave by 2027; Becker’s Hospital Review asserts that the financial cost to hospitals for RN staff turnover ranges from $45,100 to $67,500 per nurse annually, Spears-Sevy said.

Nurses are needed in assisted living facilities, behavioral health facilities, doctors’ offices, home health providers, hospices, hospitals, schools and skilled nursing facilities, as well as in private duty nursing and travel nursing.

“Within GNTC’s nine-county service area and up into Chattanooga, RNs’ salaries can vary widely,” Spears-Sevy said. “Our graduates have been offered as much as $30-$45 per hour, depending on factors such as where they work, whether they work day or night shift, whether they work weekends or weekdays, etc. In general, the minimum offered has been $30 per hour.”

Many area hospitals also now offer nurse residency programs for new graduates so that they can begin learning the hospital system and protocols while waiting to take their licensure exam, Spears-Sevy said. Then the nurses transition to nursing units to continue training and mentorship, often for up to a year.

“The nursing residency program is very different from the ‘sink or swim’ mentality that many nurses graduated into in the past,” Spears-Sevy said. “At least two GNTC ASN graduates since 2017 have already gone on to become directors of Nursing in their respective long-term care and rehabilitation facilities.”

The program takes a minimum of four semesters to complete after being admitted into Nursing occupational courses. Students may enter the program at the beginning of the fall semester for the occupational curriculum or the beginning of any semester for the pre-occupational curriculum.

Students interested in pursuing the ASN program are required to attend one mandatory group advisement session to be considered for program admission. Session pre-registration is not required to attend. All sessions are located on the Walker County Campus in Room 6101 and start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, and 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

Selection for admission to the ASN program is based on a point system, which includes consideration of course grades, state of residency, number of core courses that have been completed at GNTC and pre-entrance examination scores. The deadline to have all of these requirements completed to enter into the next available fall cohort is June 15.

To be eligible to enter the Nursing pre-occupational curriculum, applicants must be at least 17 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED® diploma and achieve minimum scores in reading, writing and numeric skills on the entrance test. Applicants failing to attain minimum scores may receive refresher/remedial instruction through the Learning Support program at GNTC in order to meet admission requirements. Previous training and/or education may be evaluated to provide advanced placement in the program.

For more information about the program and deadlines, contact Michelle Spears-Sevy, program administrator for GNTC Registered Nursing at GNTC, at msevy@gntc.edu or 706-764-3829, or visit https://www.gntc.edu/academics/department-websites/associate-degree-nursing/.

 

Governor & First Lady Kemp Tour Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

On Thursdaay, the first day of their economic development mission to the Republic of Korea, Governor Brian P. Kemp was joined by First Lady Marty Kemp in touring the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

Intersecting the 38th parallel north, the DMZ runs across the Korean Peninsula and was established in 1953 under the provisions of the Korean Armistice Agreement.

“For decades the Korean Demilitarized Zone has served as a boundary between democracy and tyranny,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “It was truly humbling to reflect on the service, sacrifice, and legacy of the thousands of Koreans and Americans who fought and died to preserve the freedoms of the Korean people. Our visit is also a powerful reminder of America’s responsibility to stand with our allies in championing freedom and liberty around the world, and the strong partnership our state and nation enjoy with the Republic of Korea.”

Following the tour of the DMZ, the governor continued leading an international mission to the Republic of Korea focused on reinforcing strategic economic development partnerships.

AtriumHealth Floyd Urges Caution With Extreme Heat On The Way

With the daily highs going from delightful to detestable in northwest Georgia, it’s time for people who play or work outdoors – especially seniors and young children – to take some steps to keep from being beaten by the heat.

Children under 2 and adults 65 and over tend to overheat easier than the rest of the population, so they need to be monitored during severely hot weather. It’s important to be mindful of staying hydrated and safe to avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

“Heat issues are common when the high temperatures top 90 degrees. Most heat-related health problems can be prevented if you take precautions,” said Dr. Terrell Jenrette, a physician at Atrium Health Floyd Primary Care Family Medicine in Rockmart.

Heat exhaustion is often accompanied by nausea, light-headedness, fatigue, muscle cramping and dizziness.

Heat stroke carries many of the same signs and symptoms, only worse. These include vomiting, confusion, an increase in heart rate, headache, and in serious cases, loss of consciousness.

“If you experience any of those symptoms you need to do something immediately to cool down your body,” said Jenrette. “Try to find an air-conditioned building. Take a cold show or bath, and make sure you drink plenty of water.”

It’s best to avoid caffeine and soft drinks because they can cause you to urinate, possibly increasing problems that come from being dehydrated.

Other simple common-sense tips to prevent heat stroke include:

· Avoid prolonged time in the heat.

· Take breaks from outdoor activity – instead of mowing the yard all at once, take a break. Go inside, cool off and have a glass of water.

· Exercise early in the morning or later in the day when it is cooler.

· Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing made of breathable fabrics.

· Be especially cautious if you are taking blood pressure or heart medication or diuretics.

· Never leave anyone unattended in a vehicle in hot weather

Candlelight Vigil For Annette Campbell Dodd Unsolved Murder Case To Be Held June 22nd

Family members of the victim of an unsolved Chattooga County murder case from 1986 are planning to hold a candlelight vigil on June 22nd to honor her life and promote awareness about the cold case.  Annette Campbell Dodd was was last seen in Summerville on April 19, 1986. Her husband at the time stated they had arrived home together at 1:00 a.m and when he woke up the next morning she was gone. She left her car, wallet and Social Security card behind but her driver’s license disappeared with her. Multiple searches for Mrs. Dodd were conducted in the county at the time but no trace of the victim was ever found.  Authorities suspected foul play but an arrest was never made.  Annette has never been heard from again.

According to a Facebook page organized by the victim’s family about the case, the daughter of the victim is organizing an event that will begin in the Ingle’s parking lot at 6:15pm on June 22nd..  A candlelight vigil and prayer will be held in the Ingles parking lot and then the group will walk peacefully to the house in Summerville where the victim was living at the time of her disappearance.  More details can be found on the Facebook page dedicated to Annette’s case and memory at https://www.facebook.com/bring.annette.home.

If you have any information about the disappearance of Annette Cambell Dodd, the family asks that you contact the Chattooga County Sheriff’s office.

 

Arrest Report - Thursday - June 13, 2024

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Thursday, June 13, 2024:

Goodwill Of North Georgia Sponsoring Job Fair

Goodwill of North Georgia is sponsoring a multi-employer hiring event coming up next week.  The job fair will be held at the Rome Goodwill Career Center, located at 154 Hicks Drive in Rome from 10 AM until Noon.  There will be over 150 fulltime and part-time positions available from employers all over the area.

Advanced Voting Continues Today & Tomorrow

Advanced voting continues today and tomorrow in the 2024 General Primary Runoff Election in Chattooga County.  The early voting period is shorter for the Runoff Election than the General Primary Election.  Early voting began on Monday of this week and 121 voters cast their ballots on that first day.  There were 109 Absentee Ballots issued for the Runoff Election.  All early voting is taking place at the Chattooga County Registrars Office, located at 10017 Commerce Street in Summerville.  Voting hours are from 8:30 AM until 5 PM.  There will be no Saturday voting for the Runoff Election.  Next Tuesday, on Election Day, voters will need to vote in their local precincts.

Salvation Army "Christmas In July" Fundraiser

The Salvation Army of Rome, which serves Floyd and Chattooga Counties, will introduce a “Christmas in July” fundraiser next month in hopes of generating $5,000 or more in donations.

The fundraiser is intended to offset the usual decline in donations during the Summer, according to Major Hank Harwell, who asks for support from local businesses and individuals.

No bell ringers are sought for this fundraising campaign, as with the annual Red Kettle campaign during the holidays, says Major Harwell, who adds that participants may instead opt to establish a counter kettle at work or a virtual kettle to raise money.

For more information about the “Christmas in July” fundraiser, contact The Salvation Army of Rome at (706) 291-4745.

The non-profit additionally seeks donations of bottled water to keep those in need hydrated with soaring Summer temperatures in the forecast for the days ahead.