Newsmakers: William Richardson named partner at Brinson Askew Berry. Sam Talley joins Talley Insurance. Cadet Aaron Loya of Rome High’s AFJROTC selected for Air Force Flight Academy.

Newsmakers: William Richardson named partner at Brinson Askew Berry. Sam Talley joins Talley Insurance. Cadet Aaron Loya of Rome High’s AFJROTC selected for Air Force Flight Academy.

William R. Richardson

William R. Richardson has been named a partner with Brinson Askew Berry of Rome. Richardson, who joined the firm as an associate in 2015, focuses his legal practice on corporate and business transactions, commercial real estate, and other financeareas. He also represents public housing authorities in multi-family and urban redevelopment housing transactions involving the use of public/private partnerships.

“We are excited to welcome William as a partner,” said C. King Askew, one of the firm’s founding partners. “We are fortunate to have him on our team and moving into a leadership role with our firm.”

Active in his profession and the community, Richardson currently serves as president of the Rome Bar Association. He is also on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity – Coosa Valley, Inc. and is a member of the Darlington School Alumni Council. Richardson is a graduate of Leadership Darlington and Leadership Rome. Prior to joining Brinson Askew Berry, Richardson practiced in Chattanooga with Baker Donelson.


Sam Talley has joined the Talley Insurance team in Rome as a business insurance specialist. He is a Darlington School and University of Georgia graduate. He loves people and is excited to help you and your business with its insurance needs.


Cadet Aaron Loya of Rome High’s AFJROTC has been selected as one of the 150 cadets to attend the Air Force JROTC Flight Academy. Loya received the 2018/2019 CSAF Flight Academy Scholarship, which allows him to attend the Academy, while completing the eight-week program that results in a private pilot’s license and up to 12 college credits. All of this is funded by AFJROTC as well.

“Since a young age, my dream has been to attend the Air Force Academy and become a pilot,” says Loya. “Being selected for the CSAF Flight Scholarship is a significant milestone in this journey, and I couldn’t have done it without the support of those around me. I am lucky to have teachers that challenge me every day. I am lucky to have mentors who believe in me, and I am lucky to have a loving family that has given me a unique perspective to life. I owe it to these people to run with the scholarship as far as I can, and that’s exactly what I plan to do.”

Col. Seaborn Whatley, Rome High School Senior Aerospace Science Instructor (AFJROTC) was thrilled to hear the news about Loya: “Aaron is hands down an exceptional young man and is well deserving of this scholarship. We are very blessed to have so many high-caliber cadets like him in our program; to watch them challenge each other to make JROTC and Rome High School better every day is amazing to watch.”

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