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Rome Men Arrested for Drugs & Firearms

Two Rome men, Jason Kirk Johnson, and Meco Rashad Watkins, were arrested this week after reports said a search led officers to find commercially packaged marijuana and a pistol.

Reports stated that the firearm had been reported stolen.

They were taken into custody at 3989 Martha Berry Blvd, formally known as La Conquista Mexican Restaurant .

Watkins is charged with possession of a schedule I drug, possession of a firearm while being a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Johnson is charged with possession of a firearm while being a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a stolen firearm.

Rome Men Found with Drugs and Gun at New Floyd County Club

Man Arrested in LaFayette for Talking Suggestively to Customers in Store

A 43 year old homeless man was tased and arrested by LaFayette Police after “talking about his private parts” to female employees and customers in a local grocery store.
The manager at the former Shoprite on West Patton asked Matthew Basel Cook to leave the store, but he refused and said “call the cops”.
When he was about to be arrested outside the store, he bolted and was tased ineffectively, according to the report.  An officer chased him on foot and cuffed him.
Several females from the store said Cook made inappropriate gestures and suggestions of a sexual nature.  He was charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction.


World’s Longest Yard Sale Begins Thursday, Aug. 5

The 127 Yard Sale is commonly referred to as “The World’s Longest Yard Sale”. That’s because it really is the longest yard sale in the world. To be exact, it’s 690 miles long and the route travels through 6 states; Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. The yard sale kicks off this Thursday, August 5, 2021.

The majority of the route follows Highway 127 from Addison, MI in the north to Chattanooga, TN in the south. From Lookout Mountain, GA to Gadsden, AL the route switches to Lookout Mountain Parkway. Both are scenic drives allowing you to appreciate the beautiful countryside of these states all while enjoying the fun and excitement of The World’s Longest Yard Sale.

The route for the World’s Longest Yard Sale makes its way through Chattooga County on the way to Gadsden, Alabama.

You can learn more about the route and the details of the World’s Longest Yard Sale HERE

Wreck Causes Maple Road (Rome) To Be Closed on Sunday

Just after 7pm on Sunday a single vehicle accident in the 2000 block of Maple Road left a 33 year-old male with injuries.

Reports said that the driver of a 2021 Hyundai Tucson
left the road way and struck a power pole causing it to snap.

The vehicle then flipped and then landed upside down.

The driver was said to have non life threatening injures but was transported to FMC.

According to police Maple will be closed well after midnight

Maple Closed after Wreck, One sent to Hospital with Injuries

Brock Charged With Theft

William Riley Brock III, 55 of Rome, was arrested this week after police said he was found in possession of a stolen utility trailer.

Police said that he was found with a stolen 2002 4×6 Carry on Utility trailer, which was valued at between $500-$700.

The trailer was reported stolen on July 22 from a location on High Street.

Brock is charged with theft by receiving stolen property.

Rome Man Arrested for Stealing utility Trailer

Officer Bitten by Drunken Man


A Rome man originally arrested early Sunday on charges of criminal trespass and public drunk is facing additional charges after fighting with officers at the Floyd County Jail.

According to jail records, 28-year Hayden Lee Tucker fought four officers and attempted to strike one of them.

Tucker also allegedly bit one of the officers during the altercation.

Tucker is charged with unlawful acts of violence in a penal institution, felony obstruction, simple assault on a law enforcement officer, and simple battery on an officer.

African American Museum and Cultural Center in Walker County

In 2004, James and Charlotte Wardlaw donated the old Long John Silver’s building to Walker County as a means to give something back to their community. Upon accepting the gift, Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell named the building the Wardlaw Building in their honor and made the property available for the county’s Historic Preservation Commission.

Over the years, other community groups have utilized the Wardlaw Building, including the Marsh House Board of Trustees, the Walker County Historical Society and the Northwest Georgia Arts Guild.

Plans are now underway for this building to take on a new life as the Walker County African American Museum and Cultural Center. In July, the Walker County Board of Commissioners approved the execution of a lease agreement with the Walker County African American Historical and Alumni Association, Inc. (WCAAHAA) for use of this County owned asset.

“We feel that historical diversity will be of assistance to Walker County in its present steps of economic and educational advancement,” said Beverly Foster, WCAAHAA president. “This museum will represent the entire Walker County citizenship, as African American history is everyone’s history. African Amercians have been known to be contributing to Walker County since circa 1539.”

This will be the first museum in Walker County designated specifically for highlighting and exhibiting the heritage and legacy of African Americans in Walker County. WCAAHAA hopes to raise $250,000 to launch the museum, along with a memorial park nearby. The lease for the Wardlaw Building, which is located at 309 N. Main Street in LaFayette, takes effect November 1, 2021.

Road Closure for Old Fairmount Highway in Calhoun Next Week

Calhoun Georgia Government –

The following is a press release from the Calhoun Georgia Government: 

There will be a road closure for a sewer extension project on Old Fairmount Highway between Curtis Circle to Horizon Hills Drive starting August 2nd through August 15th.

This is schedule subject to change based on weather.

Daily closings will begin from 8:30 am to 8 pm.