October 16, 2013

Charles Oliver: School officials toss penalty flag on Confederate covering

• Tahoma High School, in Maple Valley, Wash., suspended two teens, who weren’t named by media, for wearing Confederate flags to school. The two wore the flags after another student was allowed to wear a gay pride flag to school for two weeks. School officials have refused to explain why wearing one flag is a violation of the school dress code and wearing the other isn’t.

• In Iowa, Judge James Richardson barred a reporter from the Daily Times Herald from taking notes during a vehicular homicide trial. Richardson said jurors could be influenced if they see the reporter taking notes and think that if he is writing something down, it must be important.

• A Davidson County, Tenn., grand jury has indicted former Nashville police officer Gerald McShepard for official misconduct for allegedly using his resources as a cop to try to get his ex-girlfriend fired from her job. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says McShepard sent an anonymous letter to the woman’s employer saying she was involved in prostitution and pornography.

• A Justice Department report found that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives lost 420 million cigarettes between 2006 and 2011 during investigations of illegal sales. The report also found that the agency allowed informants to keep millions of dollars generated by illegal sales of cigarettes during these investigations.

• Rose Bogaert and her husband ran a metal straightening business in Detroit for 28 years, but fed up with high taxes and soaring crime, they moved their company to Dearborn Heights 15 years ago. But Detroit keeps sending them property tax bills for property in the city they no longer own. A local publication tried calling the number on the latest bill they received, from the city finance department, but found that no one ever answered the phone. They then called the city finance director, only to get a message that her voice mailbox was full.

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  • Citizen of the Week: Kacee Smith of the Georgia Rampage

    When the Georgia Rampage became Dalton’s first professional indoor football team last year, it would have been easy for the owner and players to focus only on drawing attention to themselves as they tried to build up the team’s following.

    April 18, 2014

  • Successes continue at Dalton State College

    These are exciting times for our local college, Dalton State, both on campus and off.

    April 16, 2014

  • Mark Millican: The birds hushed their singing

    For the uninitiated, that line is from what many consider the greatest rock song of all time, “Stairway to Heaven,” by Led Zeppelin.

    April 15, 2014

  • Misty Watson: When blood sugar drops, anger rises

    It wouldn’t have taken 107 married couples and 21 days to figure out that being hungry makes people angry.

    April 15, 2014

  • Working for the man

    You may be one of the many Americans who will rush to file their income taxes today. But you may not yet have earned enough money to pay all of the taxes that will be imposed on you this year.

    April 15, 2014

  • Letter: The glib tongue, the fake smile

    A recent Daily Citizen column by Walter Williams will both awaken and frighten any thinking person who claims even a smidgen of knowledge about — or belief in —  either the Bible, world history or current events.

    April 15, 2014

  • College soccer team would bring local talent together

    Dreams of combining the best soccer players from all local high schools into one team finally could come true.

    April 13, 2014

  • Letter: Primaries feature many choices

    Many people are confused this year about the May 20 Election Day. Unfortunately, very few voters in Whitfield County actually go to the polls for a primary election. But this means any increase in participation can have a significant impact.

    April 12, 2014

  • Letter: Hooper for Murray chief magistrate

    Thanks to all the wonderful people and friends who backed me for District 1 Murray County Board of Education. You sure showed a lot of support. Sorry I had to step down due to my and my wife’s health. I am a lot better now.

    April 12, 2014

  • Judicial dispute could have been avoided

    Judicial elections in Whitfield and Murray counties tend to be low key. In fact, we can’t recall the last time an incumbent judge on the Conasauga Superior Court, which cover the two counties, has even faced a challenger.

    April 12, 2014