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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.

Indulge in a free sugar cookie on Tax Day

Indulge in a free sugar cookie on Tax Day

(WXIA) -- There's nothing sweet about completing your taxes -- but Great American Cookies wants to change that.

On Wednesday, Apr. 15, all Atlanta-area Great American Cookies locations will offer each customer a free sugar cookie. It will be the third time the cookie chain has offered a little sweet relief on Tax Day.

"Only in the world of Great American Cookies is Tax Day this enjoyable," Great American Cookies Brand VP David Kaiser said in a release. "After all those tax forms and number crunching, we think everyone deserves a treat to savor."

No purchase or proof of completed taxes is necessary to take advantage of the free cookie promotion.

Participating locations in metro Atlanta include:

Atlanta
* Atlantic Station
* Centennial Olympic Park
* Greenbriar Mall
* Lenox Square
* Peachtree Center

Clarke County
* Georgia Square Mall

Clayton County
* Southlake Mall

Police Investigating Misused Money at Floyd Co. Schools

Police Investigating Misused Money at Floyd Co. Schools

ROME, GA (WXIA) -- Police are investigating thousands of dollars in misused money discovered by the Floyd County Board of Education.

Spokesman Tim Hensley says employees were performing a review of their purchasing system as they prepared to switch to a new one when they found "questionable purchasing practices."

At that point, Hensley says they contacted the Floyd County Police Department and the District Attorney's Office.

"We just know that it's not a small amount. It's gonna be in the thousands that we're talking about," said Hensley.

Police say computers, electronics, and a mini refrigerator were some of the items purchased with money meant to go toward the education of Floyd County students.

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

Police investigating Floyd County Schools spending


FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. – Police have opened a criminal investigation into allegations that Floyd County Board of Education employees made questionable purchases.

According to Major Mark Wallace of the Floyd County Police Department, complaints made by Floyd County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff McDaniel and other Board of Education employees led to the investigation.

Wallace said that the investigation is "labor intensive considering the volume of purchase information that has to be examined."