Buzz: Thanksgiving Love Feast returns Nov. 22; how to help.  Sheriff’s Office adds Scam and Fraud Prevention Officer. Key detour at White railroad crossing Nov. 15.

Buzz: Thanksgiving Love Feast returns Nov. 22; how to help. Sheriff’s Office adds Scam and Fraud Prevention Officer. Key detour at White railroad crossing Nov. 15.

The 30th Annual Thanksgiving Love feat returns to the Rome Civic Center on Thursday, Nov. 22, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. or until the food runs out. The dinner “is provided to assure that the needy, elderly, sick and shut-ins, homeless and homebound will have a hot traditional Thanksgiving meal as well as provide warming clothing (coats and jackets) to as many as possible,” according to the release from the organizer, the Rev. Terrell M. Shields. Donations are sought with checks payable to Thanksgiving Love Feast, P.O. Box 161, Rome, Ga. 30161. Also welcomed: Coats and jackets to be dropped off Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the civic center between 6 and 8 p.m. For more, contact Shields are 706-234-2091 or 706-506-1224 or sylviashields59@gmail.com.

The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office announces the appointment of John Upton as the agency’s Scam and Fraud Prevention Officer.  Among other duties, Upton will maintain online resources to inform the public regarding current scam schemes in Rome/Floyd County. The Sheriff’s Office also will provide for training of community groups and local businesses in fraud prevention and identification.

“Over the past several years we have worked to educate the public about this ever-evolving criminal activity,” says Sheriff Tim Burkhalter. “With the appointment of Mr. Upton, we will be able to utilize preventative programs to attack those who intend on preying on our citizens through scams.”

Mr. Upton recently retired from Georgia Highlands College where he served as the Director of Campus Safety.  He is also retired from law enforcement in Texas and New Jersey where he served as the chief administrator of several police and security agencies.  He was formally licensed and certified as a Texas Master Peace Officer and he is a graduate of Rutgers University.

For more information on how you can schedule a fraud prevention and identification program, please contact. Upton atuptonj@floydcountyga.org. Visit the Sheriff’s Office website at www.floydsheriff.com or the office’s Facebook page for additional information about scams.


The Georgia Department of Transportation advises motorists in Bartow County of a detour off Ga.140 at the CSX Railroad crossing, scheduled for Thursday, Nov.15, to accommodate work by the railroad company on upgrading the crossing. The highway at this location will be closed and traffic redirected onto I-75 and U.S. 411. This railroad maintenance operation and the road closure it necessitates are weather permitting and subject to change.
“We understand that the closure of SR 140 at this location may cause some inconvenience and delays, but it is necessary for repairing the crossing as quickly as possible, and giving the roadway back to the traveling public,” explained Grant Waldrop, district engineer at the Georgia DOT office in Cartersville.
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