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Longtime 11Alive reporter Don Hatcher passes away


ROME, Ga. – Longtime 11Alive newsman Don Hatcher has passed away.

For two decades, Hatcher covered all the news of northwest Georgia as the Rome bureau reporter for 11Alive

Hatcher founded the 11Alive Can-A-Thon in Rome, which has been one of the most successful venues in the program. he also helped begin the video department at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

He died on Wednesday, according to his obituary. He was just 64 years old.

Hatcher leaves behind a wife of 41 years, Susan, and two children, Jesse and Laura Jane.

Sketch released of Rome murder suspect


ROME, Ga. -- Rome Police are looking for a murder suspect who may be from metro Atlanta. The suspect is accused of shooting a man to death last month.

The incident happened Sunday, May 24 at around 1:45 a.m. on West 5th Avenue. Police said the suspect fired at a crowd of people, striking and killing Travious Floyd.

Witnesses told investigators the suspected shooter was on stage with Bandit Gang Marco at The Peach, a sports bar and dance club in the 400 block of Broad Street, earlier in the evening.

The suspect is described as a black man in his early to mid 20's, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a muscular build. He was seen getting out of a black late model Dodge Challenger with light-colored stripes.

Floyd County man charged with murder in double shooting


FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. -- A 45-year-old Floyd County man faces several charges after shooting two women, one fatally, Thursday evening.

Floyd County Police responded to a shots fired call shortly after 8 p.m. at a house in the 1500 block of Fosters Mill Road. One of the victims called 911; she later died of a gunshot wound. Police also found a second shooting victim, who survived.

A Rome-Floyd SWAT team arrived on the scene and began searching for the suspect, Dewayne David Tanner. Tanner was later discovered at Cartersville Medical Center, where he was being treated for undisclosed injuries.

Tanner was charged with murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and firearm possession. He is being held in the Floyd County Jail.

3 men guilty of planning to bomb government agencies


ROME, Ga. -- Three north Georgia men pleaded guilty in federal court this week to conspiring to begin a revolution against the U.S. government.

Brian Cannon, Terry Peace and Cory Williamson met in an Internet chat room in January 2014 and bonded over their anti-government views, according to prosecutors. Within a month of meeting, Cannon and Williamson moved into Peace's Rome home and began planning an attack, to be carried out no later than Feb. 15, 2014.

"This case is a startling example of militia activists reaching true extremes," Acting U.S. Attorney John Horn said in a release. "While this level of extremism is fortunately rare, this case illustrates the threats to all our safety that arise from people who turn their hatred into actions."

Dalton man arrested on child molestation charges in Floyd County


ROME, Ga. -- Floyd County Police have made an arrest in a child molestation and sexual battery investigation.

The department's Criminal Investigations Division arrested Eugene Talmadge Bowling, 74, of Dalton, Ga. on felony charges.

Investigators worked patrol officers and Georgia State Patrol to make the arrest at the Kangaroo Convenience Store on Burlington Road, Sunday afternoon.

The arrest comes after an extensive investigation into the incident, which Investigator Mary Parris said involved a 13-year-old victim.


Berry College eaglet falls from nest


MOUNT BERRY, Ga. -- A harrowing moment for a young eaglet caught the internet's attention this week when the iconic bird fell from its nest at Berry College.

Officials first reported the fall – of about 15 feet – at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday after a power outage at the school that took the cameras out of commission for a short time.

When they came back up, officials posted to social media that the baby eagle had taken the fall to a lower branch and that the college was working with expects to figure out how to move forward.

For several hours, the eaglet remained on the branch as officials with the school continued to observe hoping it would soon take its first steps to flight.

And at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, officials said that's exactly what happened.

Berry College reported the fledgling's first flight overhead just before lunch.

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.