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12 arrested in 'Operation Golden Eagle' crackdown targeting computer/electronic pornography, human trafficking

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From the Ingles Studio this is The Northwest Georgia News Podcast


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I’m Brian Giffin and here the top stories Northwest Georgia is talking about  presented by Drake Realty


12 arrested in 'Operation Golden Eagle' crackdown targeting computer/electronic pornography, human trafficking


Removing food-to-liquor ratio conversation back as Rome commissioners pull Peaches liquor license

And Berry College student entrepreneurs compete for $25,500




These stories and more are coming up in today’s edition of the Northwest Georgia News podcast


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STORY 1: 12 arrested


Twelve individuals have been arrested in Georgia as part of an undercover investigation called "Operation Golden Eagle," involving law enforcement agencies including the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit. The charges against those arrested range from computer pornography and child exploitation to human trafficking. The individuals, aged 24-64 and hailing from different areas around Bartow County, were arrested for traveling to meet a child for sex. The operation took several months of planning and involved 12 law enforcement agencies. Additional charges and arrests may be forthcoming.


STORY 2: Peaches


The Rome City Commission has voted unanimously to terminate the liquor license of Peaches live music venue on Broad Street, due to non-compliances with the city's food-to-drink ratio. Peaches owner Stephanie Shaw will still be able to offer beer and wine at the establishment, but not liquor until the license is reestablished. The Alcohol Control Commission recommended that Shaw be allowed to reapply for a liquor license in three months, once food sales start meeting the ratio. The ACC also suggested that the City Commissioners consider changes to the ordinance that could make it easier for non-restaurants to sell liquor.


STORY 3: Berry


Berry College in Georgia held a PITCH competition, where student entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win funding. The winners of the competition, which included students from a variety of majors, shared a total of $25,500 in prize money. The grand prize of $10,000 went to Cecilia Kolbash for her idea of providing altered clothing to people with physical impairments or disabilities through her venture called Limitless by Grace. Other winners included Handley Owens, Gary Jones, Kris Thomas, Nick Willis, and Taylor Carles. Judges for the competition included several Berry alumni with successful business backgrounds.


STORY 4: Restaurants:


There is speculation about which restaurant will move into a new 3,348 square foot space with a drive-through at Berry Crossing. Initial speculation suggested that a new dessert concept was coming to town, but now rumors suggest a local favorite is the favorite to open a second restaurant near the CVS. Meanwhile, the Jerusalem Grill has opened a new location in West Rome, with the new site's hours of operation from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and until 7 p.m. on Sunday. Also, the Varsity restaurant in Bethlehem is almost ready, and there are rumors that Rome will be the next location after Bethlehem is finished.  We’ll be back


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STORY 5: Retires


Former Rome High football coach Sid Fritts has retired from coaching at Washington-Wilkes, after a career that spanned eight schools and four states. Fritts was one of only 11 high school football coaches to win region titles at four GHSA schools, including Rome. His coaching record was 263-111-2, and he won region titles at every school he coached in Georgia. He will be succeeded by his offensive coordinator, Alex Bradford.



STORY 6: Local sports


This week and next, several high school sports championships are taking place in Rome. From May 12-14, Barron Stadium/Maddox Track will host the A-Div. 1, 6A, and Adapted track and field championships. Tickets are $8. On May 15, the GHSA state tennis championships will take place at the Tennis Center at Berry College, with tickets priced at $10. Finally, from May 19-22, the GHSA baseball championships will be held at AdventHealth Stadium in Rome, with tickets priced at $15 per day. Stay abreast of all local sports happenings at northwestgeorgianews.com. We step out for a moment, we’ll be right back


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