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Taylorsville man jailed in Bartow murder investigation

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From the Ingles Studio this is The Northwest Georgia News Podcast from the Rome News Tribune, Calhoun Times, Catoosa Walker News, and Polk County Standard


   Today is Wednesday, June 28th, and happy 75th birthday to actress Kathy Bates



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


Taylorsville man jailed in Bartow murder investigation


Floyd County to accept $1 million 'violence reduction' public safety grant


And the Exchange Club welcomes members from the Floyd County Bomb Squad


Plus, Leah McGrath of Ingles Markets is back, this time talking to our Bruce Jenkins about farm raised trout



Crawford of the US dept. of Agriculture on that same topic

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


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STORY 1: jailed


A man from Taylorsville, identified as Alexander Bradley Smart, was arrested and charged with felony murder after a shooting incident in Cartersville. Smart allegedly shot and killed Michael Douglas Gravely, 47, at Gravely's home on Pine Ridge Drive. Law enforcement officers responded to reports of shots fired and found Gravely with a gunshot wound to his lower back. He received immediate medical attention but succumbed to his injuries at a nearby hospital. Smart was apprehended without resistance shortly afterward and is now held in the Bartow County Jail. The investigation is ongoing, and no further details have been released at this time. For updates on this developing story, keep an eye on northwestgeorgianews.com


STORY 2: grant


The Floyd County Commission is set to accept a $1 million public safety grant during its upcoming meeting. The grant, part of the federal COVID relief funds, was announced by Governor Brian Kemp as part of a larger distribution aimed at addressing violence and gun crimes that have increased due to the pandemic. The funds can be utilized for staffing, violent crime reduction programs, equipment and technology, or community violence intervention programs. The approval of the grant is expected to be a straightforward process as part of the consent agenda. Other items on the agenda include changes to Parks and Recreation policies, a beer pouring license, and the discussion of property acquisition, litigation, and personnel during a closed session. The meeting will also involve the adoption of updates to the Unified Land Development Code and the approval of purchases for the Public Works Department and the county prison using special purpose, local option sales tax funds.


STORY 3: bomb


During a regular lunch meeting, the Exchange Club of Rome hosted two members of the Floyd County Bomb Squad. Captains Greg Dobbins and Ron Hunton spoke to club members about their work and answered questions. The squad, consisting of officers from the Floyd County Police Department, Rome Police Department, and Floyd County Sheriff's Office, responds to approximately 24 incidents a year, including suspicious packages and explosives. They are also trained in SWAT operations and utilize robots for tasks like entering barricaded houses or assessing chemical fires. The squad shared stories of unusual situations they have encountered, emphasizing the importance of reporting anything suspicious. Captain Dobbins and Captain Hunton have extensive experience in law enforcement and hold leadership positions within the squad …………we’ll be back after a quick timeout.


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STORY 4: rockmart


A 15-year-old boy was injured in a shooting near the intersection of MLK Jr. Street and Rome Street in Rockmart. The incident occurred on Sunday evening, and the victim was conscious and breathing when police arrived. Due to severe weather, an air ambulance was unable to transport the juvenile, so he was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. The shooter had already left the scene when the police arrived, but they have identified a suspect. The police believe this shooting is connected to a previous incident in April where four men were injured in a shooting on Fairview Road. The investigation is ongoing. Stay abreast of emerging details in this case at northwestgeorgianews.com



STORY 5:  hedgepeth


Belmont University Athletics has announced that Mick Hedgepeth, the head men's basketball coach at Berry College, will be inducted into the Belmont Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2023. Hedgepeth had an impressive career as a player at Belmont, contributing to numerous victories, conference championships, and NCAA Tournament appearances. He was a two-time All-Atlantic Sun selection and received honors such as the Tournament Most Valuable Player. After his playing career, Hedgepeth transitioned into coaching and has achieved success as the head coach at Berry. Under his leadership, the team had an outstanding season with a 25-3 overall record and an undefeated regular season in the Southern Athletic Association. The induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame will take place in September.



STORY 6: culberson


Charlie Culberson, a native of Rome, has declined a Minor League assignment from the Atlanta Braves, making him a free agent. The Braves designated Culberson for assignment to create roster space for catcher Chadwick Tromp's promotion from Triple-A Gwinnett. Culberson, a versatile veteran player and former Calhoun High standout, had not played for Atlanta since his call-up on May 19. Throughout his career, Culberson has played for multiple teams, including the Braves from 2018 to 2020. He is a career .248 hitter with 30 home runs and 145 RBIs in 585 games. Culberson, who signed a minor league deal with Atlanta in the offseason, has experience at various positions, primarily third base but also shortstop, second base, first base, and the outfield.


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Story 7: Leah


And now Leah McGrath , corporate dietician for Ingles Markets, talks with our Bruce Jenkins about farm raised trout




We’ll have closing comments after this


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