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Hiram man charged with shooting at police officers

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Paulding County News Podcast Wednesday Aug 13, 2023 

  1. Two more Douglas County elected officials under GBI investigation: 

The GBI is investigating Douglas County officials, Commissioner Kelly Robinson and Probate Court Judge Christina Peterson. Subpoenas were issued for spending records, including travel expenses, on county credit cards. Another subpoena targets Judge Peterson's credit card statements. The officials' oaths of office were also requested. This comes after bid rigging charges against other commissioners, resulting in temporary removals from office...... This from Fox 5 #GBI #GEORGIABURRROWOFINVESTIGATION #two #douglascountyofficials #subpoenas #spending records #GBIinvestigation #travelexpenses #countycreditcards #judgescardstatements #bidrigging #othercommissioners #temoryremovalsfrom office  

  1. Hiram man charged with shooting at police officers 


Johann Aragon, a 21-year-old from Hiram, is accused of firing five 9mm shots at police officers during their unrelated investigation. He possessed a Glock 17 pistol and 24 grams of marijuana for distribution. The incident occurred on July 30 in Smyrna. Aragon fired at officers, hitting a wall four times, and carried marijuana, a scale, bags, and $965. He faces charges of intent to distribute, firearm possession during a crime, and assaulting an officer. Arrested on July 30, he was released on a $30,000 bond after being booked into Cobb County Adult Detention Center...... This from AJC #Hiram #accused #9mm #shotsatpolice #policeofficers #glock17 #24gramsmolly #July30 #intenttodistribute #firearmpossesionattimeofcrime #assaultinganofficer #$30000bond #bondplaced #cobbcounty #cobbcountydetintioncenter 

  1. University System of Georgia contributes more than $20 billion to economy 

In the fiscal year 2022, the University System of Georgia (USG) had an economic impact of $20.1 billion, up 4.14% from the previous year. This included $14.2 billion in direct spending by students and institutions, with $5.9 billion benefiting local communities through the multiplier effect. The USG's 26 public colleges and universities create 159,034 jobs, both on and off-campus. The economic study, by the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business, also found that USG institutions generate an employment impact comparable to the state's top five employers combined. Graduates are expected to earn $1.1 million more (bachelor's) and $1.4 million more (master's) over their lifetimes, according to the Selig Center for Economic Growth...... This from Center Square #FY2022 #fiscalyear2022 #fiscalyear22 #universitysystemsofGeorgia #USG #economicimpact #up4.14% #frompreviousyear #benefittinglocalcommunities #economicstudy  


  1. Paulding Chamber's August event spotlights Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: 

The Paulding Chamber's recent August Luncheon event at GreyStone Power offices in Hiram focused on workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion in a business context. Chamber President Stacy Hamby highlighted the significance of these concepts in today's business landscape, sharing membership statistics. Notably, 90% of chamber members are small businesses with fewer than 50 employees, emphasizing their importance as the community's foundation. Within this 90%, 10% represent non-profit organizations, while 25% are home-based businesses. These statistics underline the chamber's commitment to supporting and promoting the diverse composition of its business community...... This from the Dallas New Era #pauldingschamber #augustevent #diversity #diversityandinclusion #membershipstatistics #memberstats #businesslandscape #highlightedthesignificance #fewerthan50employees #smallbusinesses #nonprofits #homebased 

  1. Georgia ranked No. 1 in preseason coaches poll: 

The University of Georgia's football team, reigning two-time national champions, tops the 2023 preseason coaches poll with 61 out of 66 first-place votes. Led by Coach Kirby Smart, the Bulldogs start their season against Tennessee-Martin on September 2nd. Michigan ranks second, its best preseason ranking since 1991. Alabama is third with four first-place votes, and Ohio State fourth with one vote. LSU holds fifth, emphasizing the SEC's top-five representation...... This from Athens – Banner Herald #UGA #FOOTBALL #reigningtwotimenationalchamps #godawgs #sickem #61outof66votes #kirbysmart #headcoachKirbysmart #bulldogs #gobulldogs  

  1. High speed chase in Bartow County ends with Gunfire: 

A high-speed chase between a suspect and Adairsville Police Department led to a crash and gunfire exchange with law enforcement near I-75 and Ga. 140 in Bartow County. The Georgia State Patrol joined the pursuit. After the crash, an armed confrontation took place between the suspect and combined local and state forces. Details about the initial cause of the chase and the suspect's identity are currently undisclosed........ This from The Georgia Sun #highspeedchase #SUSPECTANDADAIRSVILLEPOLICE #crash #gunfirefight #I75andGA400 #bartowcounty #GSPjoindedpursuit #georgiastatepatrol #suspectsidentity #causeofchase #currentlyundisclosed 

  1. Secretary of state announces successful audit of Paulding County’s election Infrastructure: 

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has confirmed the completion of a successful audit on the election software and hardware in Paulding County. This audit was carried out in preparation for the upcoming 2023 municipal elections and the 2024 presidential elections. Collaborating with the Paulding County election office, the Secretary of State's office conducted thorough health assessments on the voting system. The results revealed that the election infrastructure remains secure, unchanged, and fully operational, which is crucial as Georgia approaches a significant election period. These health checks align with Secretary Raffensperger's Four-Point Secure The Vote Plan for the 2024 elections...... This from the Dallas New Era #secretaryofstate #successfulaudit #pauldingsvotingsystem #softwareandhardware #preperationforupcomingelections #2023municipalelection #2024presidentialelection #electioninfrastructure #remainssecure 




After a rainy week it looks like we are going to get dried off by the sun finally and see mostly sunny and partly cloudy days with the highs staying in the high 80’s and lows of around 70 the entire week. We might see a few scattered thunderstorms on Friday but then back to dry during the weekend for all those fun Family activities.  

#yayforsunnyweather #atlast #Maychangelastminuite #mostlysunny #partlycloudy #possiblestormsFriday #dryweekend  



Weird news: 

  1. Suspected porch pirate crawls into sewer to try to escape police: 

A suspected porch pirate, Lavern Vereen, evaded officers in Fayette County, crawling into a storm drain during a pursuit after his car crashed. After an hour and a half, he was apprehended as officers used pepper spray and a K-9 unit, named Axe, to coax him out. Vereen was wanted for stealing packages and had been possibly armed, as an empty holster and drugs were found during the chase. Despite attempts to get him out, it took the K-9's presence to finally bring him into custody. He was checked by medics for injuries and subsequently booked on multiple charges.... This from Fox 5 #weirdnews #peopleareweird #porchpirate #stealingpackages #K-9gothim #sewer #stormdrain #crashed #apprehendedbyofficers #possiblyarmed 



Here are some things you're talking about: Call us with your thoughts or story at 404.997-8655 

From Paulding County Uncensored Facebook Page: BAD ROADS!!!!!!!! 

“And let's talk about the left-hand turn. You know it's a real adrenaline rush when you're trying to make a turn with oncoming traffic who is not informed of the road changes with signs to guide them. It's like playing a high-stakes game of "Guess the Lane or End Up in Oncoming Traffic." Exciting, isn't it?” 

The video is off when you are on merchants heading towards Charles Hardy parkway and the road turns into a middle turning lane and you have to quickly get over to the correct side of the road. This is what others had to say about it. 


Davis Clarck “I guess our huge tax increases are not going towards roads and infrastructure.” 

Tara Henry “That is a head on collision waiting to happen......” 

Dawn Barnes “This is just before the CVS. . I drove that way last week one day and couldn't believe this. “ 

Kimberly Livingston “The problem is not for just newcomers but for those of us who have always known this as a straight lane. It caught us totally off guard the other day. I mean WTH?” 



Monday Unite Against Colon Cancer: Dinner in Support of Daylene's Journey 


Interview: North Paulding Head Football Coach: Don Stark 

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