Category: Local

Body Found in Creek

The body of a man, what appears to be in his 30’s, was found dead in a creek off Alabama Highway near the Floyd County Wildlife Association on Ga 100 in Coosa Sunday.

According to Floyd County Coroner Gene Proctor the body appeared to have been dead between 5 and 10 days.

The man was found by a property owner who was walking his land when he thought he saw a dead animal. Proctor said that he pronounced the man dead at 7:55 pm. He added that there were no signs of foul play but the body will be sent to the GBI crime lab for an autopsy

State Park News

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Huge crowds at a Northwest Georgia state park over the weekend prompted Governor Brian Kemp to issue an Executive Order.  The governor issued the order on Monday that specifically deals with Cloudland Canyon State Park in Dade County.

Under the guidelines outlined by the governor, the park will now be limited to no more than 150 day-use vehicles and camp sites can have no more than two vehicles at a time.  Also, park rangers will be limiting the number of people on trails at Cloudland Canyon.   The governor has ordered game wardens to help out park rangers to enforce the new rules.

There have been no specific orders from the governor regarding Sloppy Floyd State Park in Summerville.  Norboge said that there were a lot of people at the park on Saturday and Sunday and he and his staff were doing their best to encourage social-distancing.

While there are no limitations being put on Sloppy Floyd State Park at this time, Norboge said that he and his staff continue to work to encourage and enforce social-distancing at the park.

Daughter Arrested for Fighting Mother

Chattooga County deputies were called to a Wildlife Lake Road residence on Saturday after a mother reported that her adult daughter had pushed her during an argument.

When deputies arrived on the scene they spoke with Linda Mashhadi who said that her daughter and son were arguing and she tried to step in and stop the two from fighting.  The complainant said at that point her daughter, twenty-one-year-old Amna Mashhadi pushed her.

The complainant said that she and her daughter began fighting and hit each other.  The complainant’s son verified the mother’s story about the altercation.

Amna Mashhadi was placed under arrest and charged with simple battery under the Family Violence Act and was transported to the Chattooga County Jail.


Drive In Easter Planned at Coosa Fairgrounds

In these current times, Easter has to look different this year! In an effort to adhere to local, state, and federal ordnances, the community is coming together to offer a unique opportunity to gather as the church to celebrate a risen Savior, while still maintaining social distancing. On Sunday April 12 at 8:30 am and 11 am multiple Rome churches are having a community-wide Drive-in Easter worship experience at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds. The community is invited to drive in at the fairgrounds, park, stay in their cars, and worship together.  The 8:30 am and 11 am services will be identical, so the community has two service times to choose from. Both Drive-in Easter services will also be broadcast live on 99.5 FM and 1360 AM.

The community churches and partners making the Drive-in Easter experience possible include: LIFE Church, West Rome Baptist Church, Cornerstone Church, Hollywood Baptist, Renovation Church, Rome Radio Partners, Floyd Sheriff’s Department, Coosa Valley Fair Association and the Exchange Club of Rome. For more information, please visit

LIFE Church will also be hosting a drive-in worship experience at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds the Sunday prior to Easter on Sunday, April 5 at 11 am.

Multiple Community Churches to Host Drive-in Easter

Man Caught in Act of Burglarizing Auto Shop

Timothy Lavon Grace Jr, 33 of Lindale, was arrested this week after reports said he burglarized Evan’s Auto shop on Rockmart Highway in Silver Creek.

Reports said that police arrived and caught Grace on location.  Once he spotted officers he fled away on foot, but was soon apprehended.

Reports added that he was found wearing all black clothing and a black mask. Officers went on to say that they found a bag containing a bolt cutter, saw blade and gloves where he was hiding.

Grace is charged with second degree burglary, possession of tool for commission of a crime, wearing a mask, prowling and obstruction of law enforcement.

Lindale Man Captured While Burglarizing Business

Company in Rome Now Producing Masks for FMC Employees

Fox 5 news reported that  Heritage Sleep Concepts on Capitoline Drive, a mattress production company in Rome, has changed their operations and is now producing masks for Floyd Medical Center employees

. Frankie Beck, owner of the company, said he had to lay off 14 employees due to a decline in business from the coronavirus.

However, after starting back with the production of the mask he was able to bring all of the employees back to work.

They said that they are able to produce 24 mask in around 20 minutes.

“Floyd medical center was where I was born, it’s where my wife was born. Both my children were born there. So anything we can do to help our community, we’re all about it,” Beck said.

Production of the masks will begin on Monday.

27 Year Old Man Arrested for Arranging Sex With a Child

Brandoyn Bre’coin Brailsford, 27 of Marietta, was arrested at a location in Rome after he arranged a meeting with someone he thought to be under the age of 16 years-old for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts.

Reports said that Brailsford told the person that he would pay for them sexual pleasure.

Brailsford is charged with trafficking of persons for sexual servitude and aggravated child molestation.

Marietta Man Jailed After Offering “Minor” Money for Sex in Rome