Rants, Raves & REALLY?!?

A look back at last week’s highs, lows and whatevers:

RANT: A juvenile and two other Newnan men were arrested after playing gang members and practicing their drive-by shooting skills. After being stopped by police, the driver attempted to flee but thought better of it after a police officer drew his weapon. The two adults were charged with gang-related crimes after several shell casings were found.

RAVE: The world’s largest chain of transmission specialists, AAMCO, will open a teaching university in Coweta County. The state-of-the-art training facility will provide employees, managers and franchise owners with skills and training using a best-in-class curriculum.

REALLY?!? A suspect who tried to rob the Caesars Pizza on Bullsboro Drive was apprehended shortly after fleeing the establishment. The suspect, Dakarai Kanye Harmon, 18, pulled a gun on employees but fled after an alarm went off. The employees kept their cool and prevented what could have been a horrible tragedy.

RAVE: Congrats to Newnanite Trevor Smith, a former Newnan High School student, who came back home from college to win the Kirby Invitational at Newnan Country Club. The 36-hole event is considered one of the oldest such tournaments in Georgia.

REALLY?!? It’s been a backed-up nightmare during rush hour, so the Georgia Department of Transportation is considering a roundabout to replace the four-way stop at the intersection of Georgia Highways 54 and 16. A public information open house is set for Sept. 2 at the Turin Town Hall, 47 Turin Road. Hopefully, there will also be a parking ramp for Barbie Beach visitors.

RANT: Senoia police are warning residents about more scams. Once again, it involves getting a little money and sending the rest somewhere else. Of course, the original checks or money orders are either forged or are fake. Let’s try and settle this once and for all – if someone offers you free money, it’s not free. There’s always a catch.

RAVE: Construction remains on schedule for the new University of West Georgia Newnan campus. Phase II of construction has started, which includes removing the asphalt from the parking lot at the old hospital on Jackson Street. If everything remains on schedule, expect to see classes starting in January 2015.

RANT: Coweta County public schools start Wednesday.

RAVE: Coweta County public schools start Wednesday.

RAVE: The University of West Georgia Newnan has received another donation for the new complex. Barbara Tornow along with her children, Kelli and Brett, donated funds to name a conference room as well as money for student scholarships. The donation was made in honor of their family’s father and husband, Robin “Rob” G. Tornow, the former UWG Newnan director.

REALLY?!? What are people thinking? Coweta County authorities were able to locate a missing child unharmed who shouldn’t have been missing in the first place. The child’s grandmother dropped off the 18-month-old at the residence of the parents. Only problem, according to authorities, the child was not supposed to be left in the parents’ custody – the child had earlier been removed from the home by the state. The child’s parents were sleeping at the time and the child eventually wandered off and was found about 2,000 yards away in a briar patch.

RAVE: Chip Barron, a long-time local realtor, said homes in the area are selling faster and at better prices than in the last few years. He said we are beginning to see the “light at the end of the tunnel.”



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